Opera singer Lesley Garrett has helped launch a new jubilee anthem composed in honor of the Queen as a thank you for her 70-year reign.
The two-part composition features Rodney Earl Clarke, the renowned West End soprano and baritone star, and the London Community Gospel Choir.
Garrett said: “I think in a way we represent the country and the Commonwealth and hopefully express what everyone thinks of the Queen and say thank you for the great service she has provided over all these many decades.
“Whatever you think of royalty in general, the fact that this woman has been working for this country for 70 years – I mean, she’s still doing so, albeit a little slimmed down – I just think that needs to be honored and celebrated , and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The first track, The Four British Nations, by composer Olga Thomas, is an Elgar-inspired creation with trumpets of state and chants and shouts of “Vivat”, “Regina” and “Elizabeth”.
The second is titled We Thank You From Our Hearts and heralds the monarch as “the mother of this nation”.
It features sounds from around the world, including Caribbean steel drums and the Australian didgeridoo, as well as Hindi, Maori and Swahili chants related to the Queen.
It was composed by Anton van der Mere, who also wrote the lyrics with British Monarchists Society founder Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills.
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The anthem, which was commissioned by the Society as part of its year-long celebration of the Jubilee, will be available on all digital download and streaming platforms from Thursday – the Queen’s 96th birthday.
Garrett added, “Music is a time-honored way of expressing feelings, of expressing love or a great passion or a big thank you, and whenever you’re going to celebrate something that has tremendous national and international resonance, you have to have an exceptional piece of music.” to.
“Enormous events need enormous music and there is no greater event in our society or community at this time than the celebration of the Queen’s amazing Platinum Jubilee.”
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