His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex attended a special concert in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on the evening of Saturday 19 March to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to reflect on the life of The Duke of Edinburgh, jointly hosted by The Windsor & Eton Choral Society (WECS) and The Prince Philip Trust Fund for Windsor & Maidenhead.
The Bradenburg Sinfonia Orchestra joined the Windsor & Eton Choral Society in bringing a programme of British music from some of the UK’s most illustrious composers in what was the first musical concert performed for part of the programme of Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking part in Windsor and the local area. The audience also enjoyed performances by soloists Alice Coote, Mezzo-Soprano and Richard Bannon, Baritone.
The sold out concert began with Benjamin Britten’s stirring arrangement of The National
Anthem, followed by works by Edward Elgar, Hubert Parry and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Almost all musical pieces and songs were chosen due to their particular royal connections, many linked to Coronations, including Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation in 1953.
The concert was conducted by Tim Johnson, musical director of WECS and Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College.
Chris Aitken, Chairman of WECS and Secretary for the Prince Philip Trust Fund, said: “We are all thrilled that we have been able to come together to pay tribute and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in this way. We were also able to reflect on the life of our Founder of The Prince Philip Trust Fund, The Duke of Edinburgh. I do hope that, through this musical programme, that guests were able to reflect on their service and duty over seven decades to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth and especially their support for the local community here in Windsor.”
Other musical events to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee are planned over the course of the next few months including a special ‘Schools Week’ beginning from Monday 23 May and a Jubilee Concert on Friday 3 June at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Tickets will be available soon and more information can be found on this website.
The Windsor & Eton Choral Society is one of the oldest choral societies in the country – its first performance was in 1837 – and has performed in many celebrated special occasions including 2007 Falklands commemoration ceremony televised from Horse Guards Parade, The Royal Windsor Tattoo in May 2008 and sang Zadok The Priest at The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration. Her Majesty The Queen is its Patron. https://www.w-ecs.org.uk/home/concerts
The Prince Philip Trust Fund, now in its 45th year, was created to thank His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for his service to the community during the first 25 years of the Queen’s reign. Now in its 45th year, it has given out over £2m in grant fundinging to thousands of local charities, projects and good causes that serve the residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and is particularly interested in supporting people and projects that are involved with disability, health, the elderly, families, children and young people, those in social need, homelessness and the arts. HRH The Earl of Wessex chairs its Board of Trustees. https://theprincephiliptrustfund.org/