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God Save The King - National Anthem

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The British National Anthem - ‘God Save The King' - dates back to the eighteenth century.

'God Save The King' was a patriotic song first publicly performed in London in 1745, which came to be known as the National Anthem at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
The words and tune are anonymous, and may date back to the seventeenth century. There is no authorised version of the National Anthem as the words are a matter of tradition. Additional verses have been added down the years, but these are rarely used.

The words used today are those sung in 1745, substituting 'Queen' for 'King' where appropriate. On official occasions, only the first verse is usually sung.

The words of the National Anthem are as follows:

God save our gracious King!
Long live our noble King!
God save The King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save The King.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On him be pleased to pour,
Long may he reign.
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The King.

This arrangement of ‘God Save The King' for full concert band is taken from various. sources and i
is the accepted ‘official' harmonisation. Although not on the mp3 recording the Anthem is normally preceded by a drum roll which is included in the score & instrumental parts.
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