April 30, 2013

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coronation festival

The Royal Warrant Holders Association today (Tuesday 30th April 2013), confirmed the names of artists that will take part in three magnificent Gala performances within the Gardens of Buckingham Palace this summer. The Galas form part of the Coronation Festival – a unique public event hosted by the Association which will celebrate the very best of UK Plc.

Home-grown UK artists Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Katie Melua, Laura Wright and pop rock band The Feeling top the Festival’s evening music programme which will also feature stunning performances by the National Youth Orchestra, English National Ballet and Grammy Award winning composer Eric Whitacre, plus a host of other artists, in a tribute to Her Majesty and the incredible era of change during her Reign.

The Coronation Festival Gala will encapsulate the Festival’s themes of excellence and innovation with a particular focus on youth, in a celebration of the past 60 years of Performing Arts.

The Fanfare Trumpeters from the Household Division will open the Gala evening followed by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of the most beloved international sopranos and a mentor to young artists, with The National Anthem. This will begin a musical journey through Britain and the Commonwealth since HM The Queen’s Coronation.

A series of scenes will celebrate music of the Commonwealth and reflect Britain’s unique leadership role in pop music since the 1960’s. British musical, film and television excellence will also be championed with some of Britain’s most iconic films, from The Avengers to James Bond, paid tribute to in a theatrical dance performance.

East London Dance, choreographed by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures will feature courtesy of Big Dance along with the Dhol Foundation courtesy of WOMAD. Welsh rising stars Only Boys Aloud, young performers from the Sylvia Young Theatre School, opera singers from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s Foundation, and talent of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will also all come together representing the creative talent of the future.

Specially commissioned pieces will also be premiered. Mike Batt will create a piece for  Katie Melua, choreographer George Williamson will create a piece for English National Ballet, featuring Lead Principal Dancer Tamara Rojo  and composed by Christopher Mayo and Eric Whitacre’s pioneering ‘virtual choir’ will also feature in a fusion of tradition and innovation demonstrating the industry’s digital future.

Popular classical artists and national treasures Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins will lead the Gala to a rousing and triumphant finale featuring Only Boys Aloud in what will be a series of nights to remember.

Event organiser Media 10 Ltd has commissioned Raymond Gubbay Ltd to produce this unique night of entertainment.

The Gala concert will be staged in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace for three consecutive nights on the 11th 12th and 13th of July, for an audience of 6,000 guests per evening thanks to the Coronation Festival’s main event Partners, Jaguar Land Rover, GlaxoSmithKline and Bentley, who will each host one of the three evenings.

The Coronation Festival, hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, brings together over 200 companies awarded the prestigious Royal Warrant of Appointment.  Exhibitors, representing a broad cross-section of companies – from traditional crafts and small local producers, to multinational companies – will showcase their products and services in a celebration of innovation, excellence and industry.

Public tickets are still available to purchase for the day-time Festival where visitors will be able to explore and enjoy the Gardens which will feature four areas showcasing the very best of Food & Drink, Design & Technology, Homes & Gardens and Style, Pursuits & Pastimes.  As well as offering an array of shopping and sampling opportunities, there will be interactive features, including a 400-seat cat-walk and live cooking demonstrations – to educate and inspire. An amazing day out in a unique environment.

Tickets for the Coronation Galas have sold out but the Gala will be broadcast on TV and radio. Full broadcast details will be issued to the public soon.

Daytime Festival tickets of £30 per person are still available for purchase via the Coronation Festival website.

The Festival will be open to members of the public from Friday, 12th to Sunday, 14th July. There will be a Royal Preview on Thursday, 11th July for invited guests only which will include members of the Royal Family, charities, patronages, media, Armed Forces, inward investors and overseas trade missions, and guests of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

Event details

  • Opening times to the public between Friday,  12th July – Sunday 14th July 2013 are:9.30am – 4.00pm for day-time ticket holders; and 5.30pm – 9.30pm for evening ticket holders.  There is no evening event on Sunday, 14th July.
  • The Royal Warrant Holders Association is hosting The Coronation Festival, which will showcase over 200 of the companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales.
  • Royal Warrants have always been regarded as hallmarks of quality, excellence and service.
  • The Coronation Festival is being held in the 60th anniversary year of The Queen’s Coronation.
  • The Festival’s Charity partner will be the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, which helps financially disadvantaged crafts people to further their skills through the funding of higher education and training.
  • Media 10 are the event organisers for The Coronation Festival
  • Raymond Gubbay Limited is producing the Coronation gala.
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