BBC NEWS | UK | Shipping forecast takes global bow
Composer Philip Sheppards sequence combines elements of the shipping forecast, Jersualem, Greensleeves and harmonies based on the chimes of Big Ben.
A massive worldwide television audience will hear it for the first time on Sunday, as the Beijing Olympics come to an end.
Mr Soanes explained: “He [Mr Sheppard] said he wanted to compose a piece which completely summed up Britain, and our island mentality.”
Uh, the shipping forecast, Jerusalem, Greensleeves and Big Ben? All these things are wonderful in their own ways, especially the shipping forecast, but they are iconic English sounds. In fact, they’re iconic London sounds. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but they don’t represent Britain as a whole. Sorry, but they just don’t.