The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria, so the upcoming events over the Jubilee weekend will be quite spectacular. A major event will be the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: one of the largest ever floatillas assembled on the river. It will take place in the afternoon of Sunday the 3rd of June, where all types of boats will be dressed to appear in all their finery in honour of Her Majesty. Recalling King George I’s commission to George Frideric Handel in 1717 for a piece of music to be performed on a barge on a Thames, 11 British film composers will compose and perform a suite named “New Water Music”. They will each conduct a chamber orchestra in turn, performing what will be the World Premier of the piece to a potential worldwide audience of over 1 billion people and Silva Screen will be releasing a studio recording of the same, available both digitally and on CD, on the 28th of May.
Anne Dudley (an Oscar-winner for THE FULL MONTY),Graham Fitkin (described by The Independent in 1998 as “one of the most important of our younger composers”), Howard Goodall (creator of the themes for BLACK ADDER, THE VICAR OF DIBLEY and MR. BEAN), Gavin Greenaway (conductor of over 50 film scores including GLADIATOR and THE DARK KNIGHT), Christopher Gunning (creator of the famous ‘Martini’ commercial and the theme from POIROT), Adrian Johnston (BRIDESHEAD REVISITED and BECOMING JANE), John Lunn (DOWNTON ABBEY), Julian Nott (WALLACE & GROMIT), Jocelyn Pook (EYES WIDE SHUT and BRICK LANE), Stephen Warbeck (an Oscar-winner for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE) and Debbie Wiseman (THE PROMISE and LAND GIRLS).
Click below on the image to see a map of the Thames Jubilee Pageant.