Official Diamond Jubilee song unveiled


Gary Barlow's Diamond Jubilee creation is entitled Sing

The song Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber have co-created for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations has had its first airing on BBC Radio 2.

Sing features musicians from across the Commonwealth, the Military Wives choir - and Prince Harry on tambourine.

The Prince made his contribution - his recording debut - in Jamaica, one of four Commonwealth countries that Barlow visited while compiling the song.

Sing had its first play on Chris Evans' Breakfast Show on Friday.

Prince Harry and Gary Barlow in Jamaica Barlow (r) described Prince Harry as "a great guy" and "a really nice kid"

The video for the track, credited to Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band, will be fully unveiled on The One Show on BBC One on Friday evening.

Asked if Prince Harry had exhibited any musical talent, Barlow said simply: "No."

"He did the tambourine hit and we spun it into the track," the Take That star explained. "He probably hasn't got a clue what he's part of just yet."

The inspiration for the song, the 41-year-old said, had partly come from Prince Charles.

"I was just going to do it in London with the Philharmonic Orchestra," he told the Press Association. "But once I'd met with him I realised we've got to go into the world.

"In my chat with him he said 'If you really want the Queen to like this, find people; go and travel and find people'."

The singer's travels - which also took him to Australia, Kenya and the Solomon Islands - will be charted in BBC One documentary Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty's Service.

Gary Barlow with Gareth Malone (l) and the Military Wives choir Choir master Gareth Malone (l) said the Military Wives felt "honoured" to be asked to participate

Musicians he met and recorded include ska guitarist Ernest Ranglin, reggae duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaican group The Jolly Boys and the African Children's Choir.

Sing, to be released by Decca Records on 28 May, will be performed live at the Diamond Jubilee Concert, in front of Buckingham Palace on 4 June.

It will also feature on a commemorative Jubilee album by Barlow, which includes appearances from Hayley Westenra, Laura Wright and Alfie Boe.

"It has been a great joy to collaborate with Gary on a song for this extraordinary occasion," said Lord Lloyd-Webber.

"I hope it will become a song that is sung in celebration for many years to come."


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    Comment number 68.

    However, 69p a year from everyone really isn't that much
    -The total cost of the royal family is probably in excess of £200 million,once maintaining royal estates and property ,lower voluntary taxes, security at multiple sites etc. are taken into account
    Or about £8 a year per tax payer.

    This compares to 18p a year for their Spanish Counterparts and is more expensive than the US presidency

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    Comment number 67.

    @mlewis (20)

    Your comments regarding Harry are crass and deserve no further comment.

    Only an imbecile could describe the Queen as a "scrounger" - she has dedicated her life to serving our country and is admired around the world, we are lucky to have a non-political head of state.........can you imagine what we would have had without the monarchy by now? "President Tony Blair" perhaps......

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    Comment number 66.

    I have to agree with the fine Mrs Vee
    She does deserve better from a different kinda fella
    Queen for the Queen is the one for me
    I'd really like to see em sing Bohemian Rhapsody

    Is this the real life?
    Is it just fantasy?
    Caught in a landslide
    No escape from reality
    Open your eyes
    look up to the skies and see!


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    Comment number 65.

    ''The monarchy is finished. It was finished a while ago, but they're still making the corpses dance.”

    Sue Townsend

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    Comment number 64.

    I confess to having outgrown the concept of the monarchy but in fairness I feel sorry for the Queen. She will have to sit through endless renditions of this tripe and pretend to like it. Worse yet, she may well have to award this Barlow bloke an honour for, in my opinion, his poor substandard childish effort at writing a third world song.

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    Comment number 63.

    Everything costs money. If the Monarchy didn't exist and all the palaces were demolished it would probably make the grumpy, boring people on here even more grumpy at the costs involved.

    This year we have the Olympics and we have the Jubilee - heck, we even have an extra Bank Holiday, at least be happy about that you moaning goats.

    Pride. What happened to it?

  • rate this

    Comment number 62.

    It's so cool to be anti everything nower days isn't it? in an desperate attempt to somehow show how 'individual' you are.

    Well I was the first to be anti-anti-anti-anti, before it was even cool to be anti, so there!

    I might just have to make a facebook post to that effect, maybe some people I have never met will 'like' it and I can sleep at night

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    Comment number 61.

    I really like the Queen, I think we're very lucky to have her and I'm very happy that she has reigned for 60 years; I hope she has a wonderful Jubilee year. I'm sorry to say I think the song is bland and forgettable; it sounds like something from a second rate musical. To be honest I think she deserves better.

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    Comment number 60.

    Sounds like a great little song.

    A pity this thread is being spoilt by all those miserable anti-monarchy lot. This "lets kick someone because it makes me feel important" mentality is one of the biggest sadnesses of the internet.

    You know, Siberia has lots of space and no monarchy - perhaps you would all like to move there, since you all seem to hate it here so much.

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    Comment number 59.

    Here we go again, yet more Royal-bashing from the minority with a loud voice... Can you ever get your heads around that we are NOT getting rid of the Monarchy any time soon. Please redirect your bile and spite at something worthwhile.

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    Comment number 58.

    I really don't understand the obsession that some of you Brits have with hating your own Royal Family. The only real draw-back I can see is that of cost. However, 69p a year from everyone really isn't that much - I regularly find more than that down the back of the couch every few months. The president's travel budget is over twice that a year! However you feel, just use it as an excuse to party!

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    Comment number 57.

    It seems to me that a lot of people have failed to realise that the existence of our Monarch assures us of the right to opine upon that existence. Imagine what the commies and the fascists could have done with us given unbridled reign.

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    Comment number 56.

    Well I never a Jubilee song with Prince Harry on tambourine! Did I read that right...tambourine? (Well I suppose it could have been a kazoo!) The anticipation is almost unbearable!
    Whats next for Gazza after this?
    Baron Barlow of Frodsham or maybe just Count Gary of Cheshire!
    Will someone wake me up when this is all over!

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    Comment number 55.

    What a shame that the usual mob of republicans come on to vent venom towards one of our most treasured institutions and knock the chance for the whole country to come together in celebration.. do they not understand that patriotism and unity have sadly been missing for far too long and the monarchy / jubilee is a great way to unite people throughout the country, we are a United KINGDOM after all.

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    Comment number 54.

    To all the anti-monarchists on here, there is a fantastic opportunity for you to register your protest coming up. On 5 June we all get an extra paid days holiday to celebrate the Jubilee. I suggest you all make your point by going in to work while the rest of us enjoy ourselves instead of whinging about it on here!

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    Comment number 53.

    I'm all for celebrating the Jubilee, but I have to ask what is especially British about this song? The great majority of the video is set in Africa and the Caribbean, surely that isn't as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. the message seems rather trite to me, it's almost as if we're too nervous to celebrate our own culture.

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    Comment number 52.

    'Off the wall' would have been more appropriate.

    Think about it.

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    Comment number 51.

    #45 By the same logic we should abolish Christmas. Would that make the UK a better or worse place though? Its the pointless tradition (like guardsmen wearing big furry hats and morris dancing or wearing kilts & tossing the caber) thats makes us stand out from the rest of the world.

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    Comment number 50.

    the Queen does pay income tax!

    -Until t1993 She, along with Charles didn't pay income tax at all ( an innovation introduced by Her Grand Mother before that monarchs did pay) They both now pay a "voluntary" contribution.

    Mind You if it's good enough for a Banker or CEO then I suppose we shouldn't be surprised

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.


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