Choir for the Queen
Choir for the Queen
We invited schools across the UK and around the world to create a musical gift for Her Majesty in the Platinum Jubilee year.
Schools were invited to sing and record one of our suggested Royal pieces, or one of their favourite hymns, sharing on social media using the hashtag #ChoirfortheQueen using some specially-prepared downloadable schools' resources.
We invited schools to learn and record one of the following:
- All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Old 100th)
- 'Vivats' from CH. H Parry, I was Glad
- the National Anthem
- your own Jubilee Musical Soundscape.
We provided musical scores, lyrics and links, and backing tracks recorded on the Cathedral Organ by our Organist, William Fox.
Although Choir For The Queen has now been presented to Her Majesty, these resources are still available for schools to use. Please feel free to use them in your classrooms.
Organ backing tracks
Key Stage 1
- Create a Jubilee Musical Soundscape of the things the Queen will hear on the way to the Cathedral on the day of her historic Platinum Jubilee as she is driven from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral. From cheering crowds to buses, marching bands, use your imagination and your knowledge of the sounds of the city.
- Colour in a map of the route and use your drawings to make a score of your soundscape.
- Learn a song to include in your soundscape as you greet the Queen at the steps of the Cathedral.
Key Stage 2
- Learn about music for royal occasions, especially fanfares, and how we use music and words to help us celebrate together.
- Compose your own singing fanfares based on Parry’s I Was Glad.
- Learn to sing the hymn All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Old 100th) and see how other composers have been inspired by this music, learning about the organ and how to spot musical themes.
Specially created resources will be ready to download soon.
Key Stage 3
- Learn about music for royal occasions, especially settings of the Te Deum, a hymn of praise and thanksgiving to God. Listen to how composers have set this text.
- Learn about the history of plainsong. Compose your own plainsong Te Deum to your own text, and record it if you can.
- Learn to sing Zadok the Priest (we recommend everyone have a go at the opening section, but if you are able, please learn the whole thing.
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