1991: World in Union by Kiri Te Kanawa

Music composed by Gustav Holst. Charlie Skarbek wrote the English lyrics for World in Union. The music is taken from the middle section of Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity, from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The music has also been in use as a hymn tune since 1921 when a poem by Sir Cecil Spring Rice was set to the music. The hymn is called I Vow to Thee My Country, and is a British patriotic hymn. The first performance of World in Union was by New Zealand opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa for the 1991 Rugby World Cup. The song has been the anthem for this sporting event since the first recording by Kiri Te Kanawa and has been performed by music artists such as Paloma Faith, Shirley Bassey, and Japanese singer Kiyoe Yoshioka, who recorded it for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Kiri Te Kanawa’s version reached No.4 in the UK.