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.

The Military Wives Choir for Christmas number one

December 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Only last week girl band Little Mix won The X Factor, which would normally guarantee them a number one Christmas hit. However, it would seem that The X Factor’s feathers may have been ruffled as another contender has risen to take hold of the top spot.

The Military Wives Choir was formed earlier this year by Gareth Malone for TV show ‘The Choir’. The group of women were all united because their husband, partners or boyfriend were serving in a 6 month tour of Afghanistan. With the help of Gareth the women were transformed into a wonderful choir who sing beautifully together.

The Military Wives CHoir

After concluding the show with a performance at the Festival of Remembrance in The Royal Albert Hall, the choir has continued to see great success. With huge amounts of public support and bundles of positive media coverage, BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans has shown a phenomenal amount of support specifically, the wives are truly on the road to success.

Now The Military Wives Choir are favourites to become Christmas number one with their single ‘Wherever You Are’ a love song crafted around letters to and from the wives and their partners during their time apart. The genuinely heartfelt song was written by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor.

Although we were rooting for the Little Mix girls in the office during The X Factor I think that it would be absolutely fantastic if The Military Wives Choir topped the charts with a Christmas number one. It will be so refreshing to see such a personal and meaningful project generate such tremendous success especially at Christmas time.

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