Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow announced that they are working together to compose a special song to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which will feature artists and contributors from the UK and the Commonwealth.
The result of their collaboration will be performed at the star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June.
To help create this unique piece of music, Gary will embark on a journey around the world to discover what The Queen means to the ordinary people of the Commonwealth. His journey will feature in an hour-long documentary for BBC One, commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.
The challenge will be to not only explore the different musical cultures and traditions of these Commonwealth nations, but he will also look at the importance of The Queen to the Commonwealth.
Speaking about their collaboration, Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “It is a huge honour to be involved in this historic occasion and I am looking forward very much to working with Gary”
Gary Barlow said: “This is probably the biggest challenge I've ever taken on musically, I'm so excited and thrilled to be a part of it.”
The programme will be executive produced for the BBC by Mirella Breda, and executive produced and directed by Ben Winston and produced by Mark Jones for Fulwell 73.
In addition, it was also announced today that applications for tickets to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert have topped 1,000,000.
Notes to Editors
For further information, please see bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee
Closing date for applications is 2 March 2012.
Applications can also be sent by post, to The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012, PO Box 798, Manchester M60 1WU