Rule Britannia First Performed

BOOK BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HOTELS

History on 1st August


Britain abolishes slavery

First Mars Bar Made

Regent’s Canal Opens

Rule Britannia First Performed

Taplow, Buckinghamshire The 1st of August 1740 AD

That most patriotic of songs, Rule Britannia, a fixture at the Last Night of the Proms and 20 times more stirring than the dirge we claim as our national anthem, was first performed at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, the country home of Frederick Prince of Wales, on August 1 1740. Its origins were not as a stand-alone song, but as part of a masque about Alfred the Great – German-born Frederick was keen on seeming as British as possible to bring him closer to both the British public and his father George II who had just acceded to the throne. But there was also a more domestic reason for the performance – it was part of the celebrations for his daughter’s third birthday.
The words to the song were by Scottish poet James Thomson , who worked on the masque with another Scot, playwright David Mallet ; and the music was by Thomas Arne. It is not unreasonable to see behind such a parentage for the wider work and the most notable song in it Frederick’s desire to build bridges to various sections of British society: the two Scots and the Catholic Arne. Rule Britannia was not known to the wider world, however, until 1745 when it was performed to great acclaim in London .

More famous dates here

4098 views since 16th July 2010

Brit Quote:
There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. - Arthur Conan Doyle
More Quotes

On this day:
Battle of Hedgeley Moor - 1464, Robinson Crusoe Published - 1719, Treaty of Amiens Signed - 1802, Crick and Watson discover DNA - 1953
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages

//