Today is the 159th Anniversary of the first performance of Thomas Arne's "Rule Britannia"!
Thomas Arne's song "Rule Britannia" was performed for the first time on this date, 159 years ago: August 1, 1740. Historic UK notes that
"The patriotic song ‘Rule, Britannia!, Britannia rule the waves’, is traditionally performed at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ which takes place each year at the Royal Albert Hall."
Ignoring certain historical inaccuracies
, this is an awesome rendition by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly!