Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber create Jubilee song ‘Sing’

May 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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When Gary Barlow was asked to create the official song for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee I’m sure he felt a slight sense of fear. As a judge on TV talent show, X Factor he’s used to judging the music of others but this time the tables were turned as the ultimate judge, Her Majesty the Queen, would be casting her opinion of his work.

To ensure he created a sound that the Queen would like Gary Barlow meet with Prince Charles to find out the type of music the Queen listens to. He discovered that music of the royal household is a rich collection of sounds from across the world and influenced by many different cultures.

Gary Barlow tribal choir

Gary Barlow meetin with a tribal choir

With an idea to bring the sounds of the Commonwealth together – a part of the monarch which the Queen notoriously treasures- Gary worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber to create a piece of music. He then travelled across the Commonwealth to Kenya (where he wrote the lyrics), Jamaica, the Solomon Islands and Australia to find individuals who would add something extra special to the track.

Gary Barlow Jubilee Commonwealth single

Gary Barlow travelled the Commonwealth for inspiration

Whilst travelling he captured music from different musicians; an African choir, a young Rastafarian drummer, the Royal Solomon Island Police Force Band, a tribal band, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and children who make amazing music from improvised instruments. Together with leading vocals from Gareth Malone’s Military Wives Choir, and tambourine playing by Prince Harry, who Gary met in Jamaica, he created the Diamond Jubilee song ‘Sing’.

Sing is a fantastic piece of music which brilliant captures the admiration and joy that people have for the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee and I’m sure that she gave it the royal seal of approval. Gary’s journey around the Commonwealth nations and time spent creating the record was captured on film for a BBC One documentary that will be aired on during the Diamond Jubilee weekend on Sunday 3rd June at 7.30pm- definitely one to watch.

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Robin Gibb of Bee Gees dies aged 62

May 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today we’ve arisen to the terribly sad news that Robin Gibb of Bee Gees has passed away aged 62 after a battle with cancer.

The singer songwriter who was famous for staring alongside his brothers Maurice and Barry in Bee Gees has been credited as being one of the ‘most important figures in British music’ for his long contribution to music and working on so many iconic records.

Robin Gibb 2010

Robin Gibb

Bee Gees were famous for their disco anthems in the 1970’s and many of their songs encompassed the time. I remember seeing the film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta at the cinema in 1977 and was mesmerised by how infectious Bee Gees songs Stayin’ Alive and Night Fever were. Quite incredibly these songs are still instantly recognisable even today.

Along with writing and recording songs for his own band Robin Gibb also penned tracks for world famous artists including Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand, Tina Turner and Celine Dion over the years. Many believe that song writing was his most accomplished talent having written 23 number one records during his lifetime.

Bee Gees

Bee Gees- Robin, Barry and Maurice

Robin Gibb is an artist who I’m sure will be remembered fondly by the music world and general public alike- a very sad loss indeed.

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