Rachel Portman OBE A Celebration, world premiere; new commission
Bill Whelan, arr. Ray Farr River Dance
Irving Berlin arr. Goff Richards Let's Face the Music and Dance
Irving Berlin arr. Goff Richards There's No Business Like Show Business
Derek Bourgeois Fantasia on Tico Tico
Peter Graham Gaelforce

At high water on the afternoon of 3 June 2012 up to a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Ten music herald barges will be interspersed through the procession, and The Mayor’s Jubilee Band will be positioned on The Westminster (barge 7). This will include 14 musicians from the Guildhall School out of a total of 58 performers combined with students from The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians; the Royal College of Music; the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. Junior Guildhall Associate Conductor and Head of Brass Spencer Down will conduct.

The Mayor’s Jubilee Band was formed by The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians’ Chief Executive Ginny Greenwood. They will perform a programme that includes a new commission and world premiere by composer Rachel Portman OBE entitled Celebration; a 5 minute piece which calls for 8 trumpets, 4 horns, 2 tenor trombones, 2 brass trombones and 2 tubas. This is set alongside popular classics such as River Dance; Let's Face the Music and Dance and There's No Business Like Show Business.

Spencer Down conductor of the event and Head of Brass at Junior Guildhall said, ‘It is a great honour to perform in such an historic event and to conduct such a talented group of young musicians.’

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrates Her Majesty’s sixty years of service by magnificently bringing the Thames to life; making it joyously full with boats, resounding with clanging bells, tooting horns and sounding whistles; recalling both its royal heritage and its heyday as a working, bustling river.


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