Monday, February 4, 2013


The Last Night of the Proms concert with the Southern Sinfonia is coming up again soon.

Like before, the Choir will be required to sing from memory during the second half of the concert, so here is advance notice of the second half programme, except of course that the national anthems are sung right at the start (also from memory):

God Save the Queen
God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God Save the Queen!

God Defend New Zealand
God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

(Yes, we need to memorise the words for all three verses.)

Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance

Land of Hope and Glory
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!

Rule Britannia
Here the choir sings only the chorus:
Rule Brittania! Brittania rule the waves
Britons never shall be slaves
(Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
'Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land

Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For days of auld lang syne!

And there's a hand my trusty friend,
And give a hand of thine,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For days of auld lang syne!

Repeat chorus

Haere ra / Po Atarau

Haere ra
te manu tangi pai
E haere ana
koe ki pamamao

Haere ra
ka hoki mai ano
Ki i te tau e tangi atu nei

Now is the hour
when we must say goodbye
Soon you'll be sailing
far across the sea

While you're away
oh, please remember me
When you return you'll find me waiting here

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