LGQ member Adrian West had the following letter published in The Independent on Thursday 21st January:
Boyd Tonkin (article, 16 January) deplores the "depressive drone" of "God Save the Queen". No doubt he is referring to the tune usually used, whose unknown author has understandably shunned publicity. But it does not have to be like this! Nobody should condemn our national anthem if they have not heard it sung to Northcourt, the spirited and stirring tune composed by Thomas Clark (1775-1859). This tune is a real game-changer, and it is so unfortunate that it has not (as yet, anyway) ousted the dirge to which the words were originally set.
Two points 1) The present tune for the National Anthem is on a barrel in an organ at Finchcocks Musical Museum. If the barrel is turned at a sensible speed for the dance tunes (also on the barrel)... more
Hello Tony, I wonder if you timed the NA on the Finchcocks organ, or noticed if there were two verses? I regularly play the NA as organist for big Remembrance Sunday services, and David has timed me... more