Creation of the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Schools’ Song

The Windsor Platinum Jubilee Committee asked Emily Barden, a talented singer songwriter and musical arranger, to write a special Platinum Jubilee song for all Windsor schoolchildren The Windsor Platinum Jubilee Schools’ Song is being created and written with input from children aged from 10 to 13 years, from several of our local schoolso sing in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. Emily has composed a number of songs for young voices, particularly through her involvement with SingUp, a not-for-profit organisation which supports and encourages young people to sing.

The Windsor Platinum Jubilee Schools’ Song is being created and written with input from children aged from 10 to 13 years, from several of our local schools. This process began on Wednesday 2nd March 20022 when 22 students, from across Windsor met at Windsor Castle to brainstorm ideas about the Jubilee, The Queen and the special relationship Windsor has with the Royal family. The workshop started with much anticipation and excitement with Emily guiding the students through a process of gathering ideas – what does Windsor mean to them? What comes to mind when they think of The Queen – and thinking of possible song ideas, lyrics and themes.

It wasn’t long before the initially-hesitant young people started to become bolder, sharing ideas and even singing out melodies. James Manwaring, Director of Music at the Windsor Learning Partnership said “There was an electric atmosphere in the room as we started to write a chorus and put ideas together that will form the song”.

The day was kindly hosted by the Education team at Windsor Castle. Gordon Ferguson, who is responsible for links to education at the castle, gave the students a private tour of the castle – really bringing the Jubilee concept to life. Emily, the songwriter, was inspired by the day and has taken away all the ideas to write a song that will hopefully go down in history!

The song, once written, will be shared across all the Windsor schools so that it can be performed at a number of Jubilee events. It is also hoped that it can be recorded by a group of singers from across our schools, to be played at key times. In addition, The Windsor Platinum Jubilee Committee hopes a combined-schools choir will perform the song live during the special Jubilee weekend in June.

Thanks to St Edwards, The Windsor Boys’ School, Windsor Girls School, Upton House School, Dedworth Middle School & Trevelyan Middle School for sending students to be involved.

For further information, please contact James Manwaring or Lisa Hunter via [email protected]

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