Tribute to a Queen - The Big Sing
A musical tribute from the Royal Albert Hall to Her Majesty the Queen, with special guests Lesley Garrett, Alexander Armstrong and a choir of five thousand voices.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Fanfare Trumpets, The Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division
Paul Collis-smith composed the opening Fanfare based on the tune Old Hundredth especially for the programme. The Fanfare Trumpets also feature in All People That On Earth Do Dwell; I Was Glad and The National Anthem.
Richard Watts and Dennis Whitehead both sang at the Queen’s Coronation at Westminster Abbey. They share their memories and mementoes of the big day with Josie d’Arby.
Lesley Garrett is one Britain’s favourite sopranos and has appeared on Songs of Praise previously. She has recorded fourteen solo CDs and regularly performs live concerts.
She was awarded a CBE in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Music and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and an RAM Governor.
Laura Wright is the talented young mezzo soprano who has toured with tenors Alfie Boe and Russell Watson.
She sang at The Great Wall of China, iTunes Festival and the opening ceremony of HRH Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.
Her Majesty The Queen cited Laura’s Diamond Jubilee song ‘Stronger As One’ in her Commonwealth Day message.
Gary Chilton and the Tri- forces Military Band
Corps Regimental Sergeant Major Gary Chilton was born in Hampshire and joined the Army in 1984. He served in the Gulf War and as of November 2010 I became Band Sergeant Major of the Army Air Corps.
In 2009, as part of the group The Soldiers, Gary reached number 4 in the charts with the album Coming Home. Their other albums include: Letters Home, Message to You and The Soldiers. He is joined by drummers from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and trumpeter Sergeant Rob Scullion from The Band of the RAF regiment.
Alexander Armstrong is a former chorister and won a Choral Scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge.
Today, he’s best known as a comedian, as part of the duo Armstrong and Miller, and as quizmaster of BBC’s One’s hugely popular Pointless.
In November he is releasing his debut album A Year of Songs.
Colin became an ardent royalist when he was twelve and has met the Queen more than 150 times. He travels around the country taking photographs, some of which are in the Queen’s private collection.
Ysgol Iau Llangennech
Llangennech Junior School wowed the judges at the School Choir of the Year competition this year with their beautiful sound and refined harmonies, which showed a level of skill far beyond their young years. They are directed by Lewis Richards.
Cantabile Girls Choir
Cantabile Girls Choir fought off stiff competition in this year’s School Choir of the Year senior competition to be crowned the victors. This small choir is made up of elite singers from Hereford Cathedral School Girls’ School, and is directed by Jo Williamson. Cantabile perform extensively in Herefordshire and surrounding areas.
Adventist Vocal Ensemble
The choir was formed in 2002 by Ken Burton and features regularly on Songs of Praise and other television programmes. It has collaborated with artists such as Ruby Turner, Beverley Knight and Ruthie Henshall.
The Royal Albert Hall is located in South Kensington, facing Hyde Park. The address is Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.
Choirs and Congregation of the Royal Albert Hall
With special thanks to the following groups and artists who made up the choir and congregation in this programme:
Lesley Garrett: http://www.lesleygarrett.co.uk/
Alexander Armstrong: http://www.armstrongandmiller.co.uk/
Laura Wright: http://laura-wright.co.uk/
Sergeant Major Gary Chilton: http://the-soldiers.co.uk/
Adventist Vocal Ensemble: www.adventistvocalensemble.com
Brighton Festival Chorus: www.bfc.org.uk
Guildford Choral Society: https://guildfordchoral.org
Saint Michael’s Singers: www.saintmichaelssingers.org
|Series Producer||Matthew Napier|