Audiences around the world will be able to enjoy coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this Bank Holiday Weekend. From the 3rd to the 5th of June the BBC will cover the festivities which include the star studded concert arranged and hosted by Gary Barlow and the first showing of his documentary, Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service.
The Diamond Jubilee: Concert will be broadcast live from Buckingham Palace and include performances from Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Jools Holland, Jessie J, JLS, Annie Lennox, Madness, Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran and West End star Alfie Boe amongst many more. The concert will be attended by Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family.
This past week saw the release of ‘Sing’ which is the official Jubilee song co-written by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The duo were approached by Buckingham Palace to provide a commemorative song for the Jubilee and to bring together the sound of the Queen’s Commonwealth. Gary travelled around Australia, Kenya, Jamaica and the Soloman Islands looking to recruit undiscovered musicians to perform in their own style. The video for the track features all of the musical contributors and even includes a clip of Prince Harry playing the tambourine and an intro featuring Gary playing the track to HRH the Prince of Wales.
Overall there are over 200 artists featured in the track and all were recorded locally on a laptop, including the UK’s Military Wives Choir. A detailed review of ‘Sing’ can be found in the Pro Mobile music review section here
The journey to create the single and accompanying video has been made into a documentary which will be shown this Bank Holiday weekend. Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service begins back in 1977 with the Barlow family celebrating the Silver Jubilee before following his trip around the world.
Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service will be shown on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Sunday 3rd June.
The Diamond Jubilee Concert will be shown at 7:30pm on the following day, Monday 4th June, also at 7.30pm.