A musical tribute to HM The Queen Elizabeth II to mark 70 years of her reign.
“Weeks of hard work and dedicated rehearsal have gone into today’s performance, and I thank all the schoolchildren, teachers, parents, musicians, singers and supporters for their time and effort in producing this celebration of Norfolk’s performing arts in tribute to Her Majesty. Let’s all join in and sing along.”
The Lady Dannatt, MBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk
We have chosen this music to remind ourselves of Queen Elizabeth’s long reign, its European and international significance, and to give our audience a chance to show its appreciation of Her Majesty’s dignity, steadfastness and integrity over an unprecedentedly long epoch in our island history.
We start with KWA HERI, sung by the African Choir of Norfolk. KWA HERI is a Swahili song from Kenya, where the young Princess Elizabeth learned of her father’s death and her accession.
A LIFE FILLED WITH GRACE is a newly composed Song for the Commonwealth, of which Her Majesty has been Head for many decades.
The joint choirs, accompanied by the Norfolk Music Hub Ensemble, will sing Handel’s ZADOK THE PRIEST, composed for George I.
Following a specially commissioned fanfare (by young Norfolk composer Christopher Brooke) the Showground audience will be invited to sing the National Anthem.
A Royal Salute will finish with a second Kenyan song, ZUVA.
David Stowell – Director and Musical Director, A Royal Salute
Anna Mudeka – Director, African Choir of Norfolk
Marcus Patteson – Executive Director, NORCA & Sistema in Norwich
Jane Warden – Deputy County Commissioner, Norfolk Scouts
Amanda Bennett – Coordinator, A Royal Salute
Peter Wilson DL – Producer, A Royal Salute
Mike Yarde – Chorus coordinator
Schools, with thanks to all teachers and parents:
Aldborough Primary School, Cawston CE Primary Academy, Colby Primary, Coltishall Primary School, Corpusty Primary School, Drake Primary School, Ellingham VC Primary School, Fakenham Junior School, Filby Primary School, Flegg High Ormiston Academy, Foulsham Primary School, Great Dunham Primary, Hopton CE Primary Academy, Long Stratton High School, Martham Academy and Nursery School , Morley CE VA Primary School, Northgate High School Dereham, Robert Kett Primary School, Saxlingham Nethergate CE VC Primary School, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Community Primary School Beetley, St Peter’s CE Primary Academy, Tacolneston CE VA Primary School, Thomas Bullock CE Primary and Nursery Academy, Winterton Primary School and Nursery, Woodton Primary School
African Choir of Norfolk
Jubilee Samba Band (specially created by NORCA & Sistema in Norwich, funded by the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee fund via the Norfolk Community Foundation)
Norfolk Scouts – Royal Salute Jambuilee Team
Norwich Community Choir
Village Voices Blofield
Salutem NHS Choir
Emergency Services Choir
Mid Norfolk Singers
The D’Capo Choir
Norfolk County Ensemble
Special thanks to
Alison Bell (Head of Music Service, Norfolk Music Hub), Krista Ribbons (Area Manager, Norfolk Music Hub), Maria Skitmore (RNAA), Jamie Athill DL (Showground coordination), Jakki Julnes (Production and Stage Manager), Brad Fitt (Production Consultant), Norwich School, Everyone at the RNAA and Showground.
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