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In 1745, following the victory by Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites over King George II’s army at the Battle of Prestonpans, a wave of patriotic feeling swept across a Hanoverian and Protestant London. Despite being a Catholic, Thomas Arne, who had previously written Rule Brittania, set a new, extended version of ‘God save great George Ye King’ which was played after evening performances at Drury Lane. Perhaps this put him, with his Catholic faith, in a safer position in London, as certainly English patriotic spirit and Protestant feelings were growing and continued until after the Battle of Culloden and the defeat of the Catholic Jacobites the following year. Various settings of this text appeared and were performed with other loyal songs at Vauxhall Gardens along with Handel’s own ‘God Save the King’ from his coronation anthem Zadok the Priest.
from notes by Bridget Cunningham © 2017