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Sarah Brightman and Alfie Boe aiming for jubilee number one with new recording of God Save The Queen

By | Published on Wednesday 18 May 2022

The Queen, 1953

Warner Classics has announced a plan to get a new recording of ‘God Save The Queen’ to number one to coincide with the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee celebrations.

By which we mean the British national anthem, not a Sex Pistols cover. Though it will be released on the same day as the limited edition vinyl re-releases of the Sex Pistols track that caused plenty of controversy around Queen Liz’s silver jubilee celebrations back in 1977.

Appearing on this new recording of the actual national anthem will be Sarah Brightman, Alfie Boe, the NHS Voices Of Care Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Although it’s actually a double a-side single which will also include a recording of the mighty anthem being sung at the Queen’s coronation service in Westminster Abbey all the way back in 1953, remastered in Dolby Atmos.

The whole thing is a charity endeavour, with all proceeds from the sale and streaming of both tracks being donated to the British Red Cross.

“When I received the call to ask if I wanted to be a part of this adventure with Alfie, I was excited about the opportunity and the efforts behind the project”, says Brightman. “It means a lot to us both – we’d love to see the anthem get to the top of the charts and raise meaningful funds for the incredible British Red Cross during the Queen’s jubilee celebrations”.

Boe adds: “I feel honoured to be a part of this very special project with the amazing Sarah Brightman, the very talented NHS Voices Of Care Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s an amazing opportunity to raise money for the British Red Cross who do such a great job day-in day-out, whilst of course trying to get the national anthem to the top of the charts during her majesty’s jubilee bank holiday weekend”.

The Warner Classics record is not the only new release aiming to get to the top of the charts during jubilee week. Although, with the Sex Pistols re-releases being limited edition vinyl, it seems unlikely that ‘God Save The Queen’ will be part of any chart battle, unless the re-releases spark a surge in listening of the track on the streaming services.

But, don’t forget, The Kunts have also announced their own jubilee single. Although they have said that their goal is to get their song – ‘Prince Andrew Is A Sweaty Nonce’ – to number two.

Both singles are set for release on 27 May, with a view to reaching their intended chart positions the following week as the platinum jubilee celebrations are in full swing.