Trinity Laban celebrates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with collaborative performances

Trinity Laban and Junior Trinity music students and alumni will all be centre stage for the Royal River Pageant from this weekend as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

On Saturday 3 June Trinity Laban students and young musicians from Greenwich and Lewisham Music Services will join the Mayor's Jubilee Band to play "A celebration", a five minute piece for brass ensemble composed by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman. The Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians has brought together the brass students from Trinity Laban (including Junior Trinity), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music as well as students from local authority music services, Conducted by Spencer Down, the band will premiere Rachel Portman's new work alongside other well-known classics on board one of the ten music barges which forms part of the 1000 boat flotilla in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Rachel Portman said; "I wanted to write a piece that would be an inspiration to all the young players; a piece that would be their own, that they could perform for The Queen in joy and celebration of her Diamond Jubilee."

Taking part is Trinity Laban student 14 year old Roxanne Ashdown. Roxanne is a French Horn player from Sidcup Kent who attends Junior Trinity and is a recipient of the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme.

Also happening this Saturday, acclaimed film and TV composer, and Junior Trinity alumnus, Debbie Wiseman MBE will hear her new composition performed for The Queen, one of eleven new works specially commissioned for the event.

Inspired by the titles of Handel's original Water Music, this new suite of music will be performed for the first time by an ensemble of 19 musicians on a barge which is part of the 1000-boat flotilla travelling from Putney to Tower Bridge to celebrate the Jubilee. The flotilla will be a highlight of the pageant, with over a million spectators watching from the riverbanks, and an expected global televised audience of millions. Debbie will accompany the barge and conduct her own piece.

Debbie said: "With my fellow composers, we hope to create something that's truly memorable. When Handel's Water Music was commissioned for George I, he liked it so much, he asked for it to be performed three times. We're going to be performing the suite twice, but it would be lovely if the Queen asked to hear it a third time."

On 29 June the Trinity Laban Baroque Orchestra with conductor Walter Reiter will collaborate with sound designer Nick Ryan and Trinity Laban composition students in a performance of Handel's 'Water Music' as part of the National Maritime Museum's Royal River celebrations around its Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames exhibition.

The three suites of this well-loved work will be interspersed by the premiere of two unique new four-minute compositions inspired by the 1662 Aqua Triumphalis river pageant and employing digital soundscapes to evoke the sounds of the Thames. The evening begins with a short introductory talk by Trinity Laban's Director of Music, Claire Mera-Nelson.

Pic - Debbie Wiseman (credit - Martyn Goddard)

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