Last week Greenwich became the first borough in 85 years to be granted royal status. The borough will be host to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when the work to save the world's last surviving tea clipper is completed in April.
In celebration Greenwich Council has commissioned Trinity Laban to create a new work for choir and orchestra composed by Errollyn Wallen MBE, one of Trinity Laban's leading composition teachers, for a performance during the royal visit. The new work will feature over 300 local school children, an adult community choir and the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra.
Running up to the performance, local school children from nine Greenwich schools will be taking part in workshops with music leaders from Trinity Laban to create music inspired by the project and to learn and rehearse the work. Members of the adult community choir have also been invited to contribute their experiences and memories of living in Greenwich and these are being worked into the text of the new work.