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Performing for the commonwealth celebration service at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

11th March 2013
Westminster Abbey
Commonwealth Festival Orchestra
Conductor: James Ross
Violin 1 (no. III)

King Arthur
Henry Purcell

Dance of the Spirits: an African Epiphany
Joshua Hagley (Purcell Student)

Fantasia on Greensleeves
Ralph Vaughan-Williams

Paraphrase on the National Anthem of Sri Lanka
Toby Hession (Chethams Student)

Suite from Water Music
George Fridreric Handel

Music for the Royal Fireworks
George Fridreric Handel

Whilst it was bitterly cold, this was a real highlight of this year so far! With the service taking in many different acts and speakers including

  • Ricken Patel
  • John Agard
  • The Right Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
  • Senator the Honourable Jan McLucas
  • Sir Richard Branson
  • His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma

And Performers

  • Moropa Mosepele (Drum performance outrach group from the RCM
  • The Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Living the Dream Dance company
  • Beverley Knight
  • The Noisettes

Unfortunately the Queen, who was due to Attend, was not well enough to make the event. But HRH Prince Philip was still able to attend.

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