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Friday, 10 December, 1999, 12:04 GMT
National Anthem's 'trance' remix
The Ministry Of Sound hopes DJs will play the remix on New Year's Eve
Top London club the Ministry Of Sound has created its own dance version of the National Anthem.

The club has reworked the classical arrangement of the traditional God Save The Queen in the style of a "trance" track.

Its aim is to herald the arrival of the new millennium and make the anthem more appealing to a new generation.

Mark Rodol, creative director of Ministry Of Sound, said: "If the National Anthem is to be changed and it was a choice between a classical version and a Ministry Of Sound remix, we'd win every day.

Jools Holland will be a performer of another new anthem in the Dome
"We want to rescue the old classic from a bunch of fuddy-duddies."

Devotees of the club are said to have already given the track their vote of approval.

Copies will be sent to the Queen and teenage princes William and Harry to gauge their reaction.

The team behind the reworked track are also sending it to radio and club DJs and may consider releasing it as a single.

"The initial aim is to get it out there so DJs can play it on New Year's Eve and we're hoping we might get it played in the Dome," said a spokeswoman.

Other versions

Another new version of the National Anthem has already been earmarked to be played at the Dome's official opening ceremony on 31 December.

It has been created by composer Jonathan Dove and will be played by a range of performers including pianist and TV presenter Jools Holland.

New versions of God Save The Queen do not need the thumbs up from the Royal Family.

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said: "The National Anthem and all the various versions that have been played over the 250 years or more are not a matter for us to clear or approve."

Anthem origins

The words and the music of God Save The Queen are believed to have been created separately before being put together more than two centuries ago.

Punk rockers the Sex Pistols had a No 2 hit with their version of the anthem
Since then, there have been several interpretations, tackled by a range of different musicians.

Classical composers Beethoven, Brahms, Paganini and Debussy have written their own versions of the music. Elgar and Britten have created choral arrangements.

Then, there was the anarchic, and now notorious, 1977 remake of God Save The Queen by punk group The Sex Pistols.

While, for the plain quirky, Queen Victoria was given a musical bustle in 1887 - her Golden Jubilee year - which played the anthem when the wearer sat down.

The National Anthem - Ministry of Sound Millennium Remix
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