Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Doncaster opera singer Lesley Garrett composes anthem in honor of 70 years of reign

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EIIR: The Platinum Record, which was announced to mark the historic day of the monarch’s accession, will be released on the Queen’s 96th birthday in April.

The two-part composition features renowned soprano Lesley Garrett and West End baritone star Rodney Earl Clarke, as well as the London Community Gospel Choir.

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Garrett said: “There has never been a greater need for a song to unite us all than now.

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“Covid and its chaotic consequences have affected all of us, across the Commonwealth and around the world.

“For 70 years our queen has stood there, the only sure and unshakeable rock in our unpredictable world.”

The first track, The Four British Nations, by composer Olga Thomas, is an Elgar-inspired creation with state trumpets, chants and shouts of “Vivat”, “Regina” and “Elizabetha”.

The second is titled We Thank You From Our Hearts and announces the monarch as the “mother of this nation”.

It features sounds from around the world, including steel drums from the Caribbean and the didgeridoo from Australia, as well as Hindi, Maori and Swahili chants referencing the Queen.

It was composed by Anton van der Mere, who also wrote the lyrics with the founder of the British Monarchists Society, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills.

The anthem, which was commissioned by the company as part of its year-round Jubilee celebration, will be available on all digital download and streaming platforms from April 21.