National Anthems

Chinese anthem at jubilee 'out of respect'

It may have been a jolly British affair, but good manners and the ghost of colonialism led St John's Cathedral to include the Chinese national anthem in a service on Tuesday celebrating the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth.

Thursday, 7 June, 2012, 12:00am

'March of the Volunteers' anthem endured a long route to acceptance

As it blares out before the evening news or as all-conquering Olympians stand on top of the podium, it is easy to imagine that March of the Volunteers was enshrined in the constitution as soon as Mao Zedong had finished the inauguration of the People's Republic.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

National pride hits a high note

The 2,100 or so delegates to the top advisory body had a moment of patriotism yesterday, as they sang the national anthem for the first time at the opening of a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Musical spoof - national anthem reborn as ring tone

A parody of the national anthem calling all men 'losers' and mentioning Godzilla is proving a hit as a mobile-phone ring tone.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Cathedral bans anthem for queen's service

Organisers of a service to honour Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday at St John's Cathedral have been barred from singing God Save the Queen at the ceremony on Saturday.

But royal fans in Hong Kong will get to hear the British national anthem at the China Club immediately afterwards.

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Racy anthem hits the wrong note

A pop singer's rendition of the national anthem has the authorities standing to attention in Malaysia.

Hattan, who goes by one name, allegedly jazzed up the anthem before a capacity crowd of 50,000 football fans at a Malaysia Cup final match on Saturday. In doing so, he angered many politicians at the stadium with his racy recital, which was sung before the king.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Anthem anathema

Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations are the biggest and most anticipated in Australia, but they are already mired in controversy. One of the features of tonight's fireworks and musical extravaganza will be a disco version of the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair.

31 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

A chorus of critics

This year, Japan is experiencing one of its hottest summers on record. Atsuko Watanabe, a veteran high-school teacher in Tokyo, felt a different kind of heat this week, however. She and 80 other teachers had to sit in a room and listen to an instructor talk about their 'delinquency'. Their offence?

7 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Australia searches for home-grown national anthem

Today's English Corner looks at Australia, which celebrates its national day on Saturday.

Every country has its national anthem. Australia's is Advance Australia Fair, written by Scottish composer Peter Dodds McCormick in the late 19th century.

There is a long story behind how McCormick's creation was officially declared the national song on April 19, 1984.

24 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Hipper anthem hits right note

When people reach 40 the passage of time is normally evident for all to see.

21 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

TV man insists 'patter' was no trivial matter

HELL, it would seem, hath no fury like a TVB commentator scorned.

Our remark that Geoff Cutmore, who anchored the TVB presentation of President Nelson Mandela's inauguration, was given to ''inane pattering'' while the South African national anthem was going on, thus drowning out its stirring sounds, brought a swift (and acerbic) response from Cutmore.

16 Jun 1994 - 12:00am