LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY – VERA LYNN

As the debate over song began to grow, Dame Vera Lynn's version of Land of Hope and Glory made it to the top of the iTunes chart, so why is the tune at the center of a debate about the song? racism?

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The BBC has confirmed that the controversial song Land Of Hope And Glory will be performed without lyrics on Last Night of the Proms. Song at risk of being kicked out of the Proms amid the massive resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd. As the debate over the song began to grow, Dame Vera Lynn’s version of Land of Hope and Glory made it to the top of the iTunes chart, it is at the center of this Proms debate due to its references to history. Colonial Britain, they point to atrocities committed by the Empire throughout history, such as its role in the slave trade, the Bengal famine of 1943, and the Mau Mau Uprising. The BBC confirmed Tuesday night that Land Of Hope And Glory will be performing at Last Night Of The Proms next year. The song will be performed by an orchestra without lyrics.

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Virginia Lewis-Jones, 74, insisted Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera, who died earlier this year aged 103, would still be singing Land of Hope and Glory if she were alive. She said: “I feel that I can see my mother now saying ‘You tell ’em girl’.

Mrs Lewis Jones added that it was “wonderful” her mother’s rendition of Land of Hope and Glory had been propelled to number one in the iTunes chart following a backlash against the BBC’s decision to drop the words from this year’s Last Night of the Proms. “How are you going to do that? Especially if mummy’s record has gone to number one.

Vera Lynn’s rendition of Land of Hope and Glory tops iTunes charts

Actor said it would be ‘great’ to push the chart to top of the UK singles chart Post was shared thousands of times and quickly propelled record into top 20 Version of the song – from a 1994 album – has been propelled to sought-after slot BBC’s decision to stop singing anthems’ lyrics has been widely condemned Vera Lynn’s rendition of Land of Hope and Glory has reached the top spot in the charts after Laurence Fox urged his 230,000 Twitter followers to help get the patriotic ballad to number one.

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Following the BBC’s decision to have Land of Hope and Glory performed at the Last Night of the Proms without lyrics, a campaign saw it reach number one in the iTunes charts. The Vera Lynn rendition of the song reached the top after actor Laurence Fox urged his 230,000 Twitter followers to buy the song in defiance of the BBC.

Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Margaret Lynn ( Welch; 20 March 1917 – 18 June 2020) was an English singer, songwriter and entertainer whose musical recordings and performances were very popular during the Second World War. She was widely referred to as the ” Forces’ Sweetheart” and gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India and Burma during the war as part of Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA).

Dame Vera Margaret Lynn March 20, 1917 – June 18, 2020 Very popular English singer, songwriter and entertainer during World War II. Known as the “bride of the forces”.
After the war, she appeared on radio and television in the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK album chart with the compilation album We Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn. In 2014, she released the Vera Lynn: National Treasure collection and in 2017, she released Vera Lynn 100, a hits compilation album to commemorate her centennial; was a No. 3 hit, making her the first centennial performer to have a Top 10 album on the charts. At the time of her death in 2020, she had been active in the music industry for 96 years.

Dame Vera Lynn

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dame Vera Lynn at the age of 103. Dame Vera Lynn, forever known as the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’, was one of Britain’s best-loved and most enduring entertainers.

LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY – VERA LYNN

Land of hope and glory, mother of the free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set.
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.

Land of hope and glory, mother of the free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?

Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set.
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.

Land of Hope and Glory

“Land of Hope and Glory” is a British patriotic song, with music by Edward Elgar written in 1901 and lyrics by A. C. Benson later added in 1902. The music to which the words of the refrain “Land of Hope and Glory, &c” below are set is the “trio” theme from Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.

“Land of Hope and Glory” is a British patriotic song, with music by Edward Elgar written in 1901 and lyrics by A. C. Benson added later in 1902.
Edward Elgar, composer
The music to which the words of the chorus “Land of Hope and Glory, & c” are set below is the theme of Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 “Trio”. The words were adjusted to the melody at the suggestion of King Edward VII, who told Elgar that he thought the melody would make a great song. When Elgar was asked to write a play for the king’s coronation, he incorporated the suggestion into his Coronation Ode, using words provided by the poet and essayist A. C. Benson. The last section of the Ode uses the melody of the march.
Due to the King’s illness, the coronation was postponed. Elgar created a separate song, which was first performed by Madame Clara Butt in June 1902. In fact, only the first of the seven stanzas from the final section of the Ode was reused, as the first four lines of the second stanza then. This stanza is the part that is popularly sung today.