Charlotte Dujardin, accompanied by Elgar and Holst, wins gold in Olympic dressage

Team GB have won the gold and bronze medals at this afternoon’s Olympic dressage, inspired by a fantastic patriotic classical music soundtrack.

Charlotte Dujardin

A selection of patriotic classical music favourites accompanied the Olympic dressage this afternoon, where Charlotte Dujardin won gold for Team GB, accompanied by strains of  ‘I vow to thee my country’, from Holst’s The Planets and Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ from Pomp and Circumstance.

If you listened carefully during Dujardin’s routine with her horse Valegro, you’ll have also heard music by British composer Tom Hunt, who specialises in dressage music, as well as the soundtracks to The Great Escape, and Live and Let Die, and John WilliamsOlympic Fanfare.

Silver medalist Adelinde Cornelissen set tongues wagging after performing a routine with music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, complete with an electric drum beat. Team GB’s Laura Bechtolsheimer claimed the bronze, accompanied by music from The Lion King.

Handel's Zadok the Priest also featured in the routine by Team GB's Charles Hester, who finished in fifth place.

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