Children of royal Greenwich to sing her majesty's praises

School children from across the Royal Borough of Greenwich are set to sing a specially composed piece of music to HM The Queen when she formally opens the renovated Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich on Wednesday 25 April.

The orchestral and choral suite, reflecting the history and heritage of Greenwich,  has been commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to commemorate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. Entitled 'Diamond Greenwich', the work was written for the occasion by local composer Errollyn Wallen MBE, based on lyrics contributed by some of the 300 children who will perform it for Her Majesty

Since February, some 300 children, from ten primary schools across the Royal Borough, have taken part in weekly rehearsals with vocal leaders from the renowned Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance commissioned by the Royal Borough. The workshops have helped the children prepare for this one-off performance, when they will sing the choral part of the suite to The Queen and other dignitaries from a stage in Cutty Sark Gardens.

For this performance, the Symphony Orchestra from Trinity Laban, under the baton of guest conductor Gerry Cornelius, and the choirs from ten schools, will also be joined by the Trinity Laban World Choir (a community choir of local adult singers) as well as vocal students from Trinity Laban.

Cllr Chris Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "It is a great privilege to welcome Her Majesty to Royal Greenwich in the same year that Greenwich has been made a Royal Borough.

"As we prepare to celebrate The Queen's sixty years on the throne, it is fantastic that children from Royal Greenwich will have the opportunity to sing to Her Majesty."

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