The African Children’s Choir® got to meet Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace along with other performers for her Diamond Jubilee including Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, as a part of the celebrations.
The Choir meet the Queen
Live Jubilee performance of “Sing”
For those of our friends who were unable to watch this on television, here it is!
Introduced by Australian musician Rolph Harris, the African Children’s Choir together with the Common Wealth Band, Sir Andrew-Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow perform “Sing”, the official song of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, live at the fountain outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence, for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
"Sing" is unveiled
“Sing” the official song for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee created by Gary Barlow and featuring the African Children’s Choir has been presented to the world. Watch the video below…
Choir sings on Documentary
The African Children’s Choir sing with Gary Barlow for Jubilee Song
Choir selected to record song and participate in BBC documentary:
‘Gary Barlow. On Her Majesty’s Service’
It was with great excitement that we received a phone call from the production company working with Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber on the commissioning of a song for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert on 4 June 2012. Whilst seeking inspiration for this song, Gary Barlow decided to travel to certain Commonwealth countries that have particular significance during periods of the Queen’s reign. Kenya was selected, as the Queen began her reign there upon learning of the death of her father February 1952. The African Children’s Choir has worked in Kenya since 1990 and were delighted to play their part in this song.
On 20 March 2012 the African Children’s Choir, consisting of 12 Ugandan and 8 Kenyan children travelled a short journey from Nairobi to a location in the Ngong Hills. They recorded their part of the song ‘Sing’ and were later happy to learn that Lydia Inzikuru, the African Children’s Choir soloist would be used to start and close the song. They also performed two African Children’s Choir pieces to the delight of Gary and the film crew. This will be featured in the BBC documentary ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ which will be broadcast in the next few weeks.
“We are genuinely honoured that our children were selected by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber to sing and participate in this incredible opportunity”, said Sally France, East Africa Director. We are especially grateful to our sponsors; friends and donors for their continued support in helping us raise and educate Africa’s most vulnerable children for the last 27 years. Without this support, we wouldn’t be enjoying the level of international acclaim we have reached.
The song, ‘Sing’ will be available for purchase on 29 May 2012.