The 205 National Anthems of The Olympics

Monday, August 13, 2012

Actor Rowan Atkinson performs during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games Actor Rowan Atkinson in the Opening Ceremonies (Roger Sedres/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

There is something slightly different about London's Olympic medal ceremonies: the music. This year, the London Philharmonic recorded all 205 of the world's national anthems. Composer Philip Sheppard and sound engineer Jake Jackson were in charge of the effort. 

The Takeaway caught up with them recently, and they told us about some of the project's bigger challenges, as well as the complications involved in so many national anthems. 


Jake Jackson and Philip Sheppard

Produced by:

Rebecca Klein

Comments [2]

Katherine Hanaway

You should hear my sister sing the National Anthem for the U.S.A.!

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Sep. 20 2012 11:10 PM
Gintaras Kavarskas from LITHUANIA

Due to the National Anthem of Lithuania, it is known that on November 18, 1988, the National Anthem which was composed - music and words - by Vincas KUDIRKA, was officially recognised as the National Anthem of LITHUANIA. Lithuania became independent from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990, and the National Anthem was once again formally recognised.

It is interesting to know that the national song first appeared in press in November, 1898, nevertheless this, formally speaking, the National Anthem was officially sung in 1905, but only in 1918 the National Anthem officially became the National Anthem of Lithuania.

Anthem: Tautiška Giesmė (The National Song), its years of Induction
1918, 1988 and 1990. Anthem composer: composed (music and words) by Vincas KUDIRKA in 1898.

Lithuania first participated in the Olympic Games in 1924 with the National Anthem/Song (Tautiška Giesmė).

Warmest wishes,
Gintaras Kavarskas
English teacher, English writer, MA degree

Aug. 13 2012 08:57 AM

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