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Coronation News and Jenson 'King of Track and Triathlon' Button

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 12 July 2013

Chris chats to the King of Track and Triathlon, Jenson Button, ahead of his very own competitive event at Luton Hoo.

As the Queen's Coronation Festival takes over the gardens of Buckingham Palace, historian Dr Kate Williams regales us with facts about her Majesty, and the excitement surrounding the ceremony back in 1953.

And BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth is clued up on the coronation festivities happening right now! She hosted the first of three gala performances yesterday evening, and has top tips for Chris' trip to Buckingham Palace.

Starring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Katie Melua, The Feeling, the National Youth Orchestra, the English National Ballet and Grammy Award-winning composer Eric Whitacre, highlights of this coronation concert will feature in tonight's Friday Night is Music Night!

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for Kings of Leon

    Kings of Leon Use Somebody

    (CD Single), RCA, 2

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart She Makes Me Happy

    (CD Single), Capitol, 1

  • Image for Badly Drawn Boy

    Badly Drawn Boy Something To Talk About

    (CD Single), Xl Recordings

  • Image for Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin and George Michael I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

    George Michael - Ladies & Gentlemen, Epic

  • Image for Joni Mitchell

    Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi

    Joni Mitchell, Reprise

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Papa Don't Preach

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 4

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Holiday

    (Single), Sire, 34

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Into The Groove

    (CD Single), Sire, 8

  • Image for Ocean Colour Scene

    Ocean Colour Scene The Riverboat Song

    (CD Single), MCA, 3

  • Image for Zac Brown Band

    Zac Brown Band Jump Right In

    (CD Single), Southern Ground, 1

  • Image for Sylvia Vrethammar

    Sylvia Vrethammar Y Viva Espana

    The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore Start As We Mean To Go On

    (CD Single), Fullfill Records, 1

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Human

    Day & Age, Mercury, 1

  • Image for The Turtles

    The Turtles Happy Together

    Heartbeat - The 60's Gold Collection, Global Television

  • Image for The Undertones

    The Undertones Teenage Kicks

    Beautiful Game (Various Artists), Universal

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for The Wanted

    The Wanted Walks Like Rihanna

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers Long Train Runnin'

    The Very Best Of The Doobie Brothers, Warner Bros

  • Image for Kenny

    Kenny The Bump

    Super 70's (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for U2

    U2 Desire

    U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990, Island

  • Image for Donna Summer

    Donna Summer Bad Girls

    Donna Summer - Summer Collection, Mercury

  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor Sunny Skies

    Sweet Baby James, Warner Bros

  • Image for Wah!

    Wah! The Story Of The Blues (Part 1)

    (CD Single), When!

  • Image for Kid Rock

    Kid Rock All Summer Long

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Here Comes The Sun

    The Beatles : 1967-1970, Apple, 7

  • Image for Dodgy

    Dodgy Staying Out For The Summer

    The No.1 Summer Album (Various), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Jahmene Douglas

    Jahmene Douglas Titanium

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Supergrass

    Supergrass Alright

    The Best Pub Jukebox In The World (V), Virgin

  • Image for Sister Sledge

    Sister Sledge We Are Family

    Disco Fever (Various Artists), Global Television


    With Simon Cohen, who runs a communications agency.

    We went to Love Supreme festival, and when Chic were singing ‘We Are Family’, the words reverberated in my soul, and I felt utterly connected with everyone and everything around me.

    I remember another time like this, when I was at the top a sacred mountain in Montserrat, near Barcelona, to teach journalism to an interfaith youth group. To welcome everyone, they asked us all to hold hands and sing something in our traditional language. Now I was the only Jew, and all I could think of was the prayers for the bread and the wine. There was no bread, and with a group of religious teenagers, there was definitely no wine! I felt the eyes of Abraham and 5000 years of history stare at me through the mountains.

    The group started singing, in Urdu, Sanskrit. It was nearly my turn. Then, out of the corner of my eye, a man with a skull cap appeared. I ran up to him. ‘Hi, I’m Simon Cohen’, you know Cohen and explained my predicament.

    As the sun set, the stranger stepped into the circle, and introduced himself as a Rabbi from Jerusalem. He sang a psalm in the most beautiful, soul-nourishing voice, leaving everyone in tears. He silently slipped away to bring in the Sabbath with the local community.

    We have all experienced those moments when time seems to slow down, when we feel so connected to each other, to ourselves, and to the universe - when we feel, as Chic put it, we are family.

    Some people go to Church to experience this, others stay at home meditating, and there are others still who find this on mountain tops, at music festivals, or in the eyes of their lover. Whoever you are, whatever you believe, these moments are open to you. So have a look at your diary today. How will you create more opportunities for meaningful connection, experiences that will reverberate in your soul and your memory forever more?


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