8:00am Thursday 24th May 2012
By Emily Flanagan
THE eyes of the world will be on one Catterick soldier when she sings a solo in the official jubilee song outside Buckingham Palace.
The song, Sing, is a pivotal part of the country’s diamond jubilee celebrations, which involved cocreators Gary Barlow, from Take That, and Andrew Lloyd Webber searching the Commonwealth for singers to feature in it.
Their hunt for performers who would give the jubilee anthem poignancy and popular appeal led them to inviting members of Catterick Garrison’s Military Wags Choir to perform at Abbey Road studios.
The choir was one of ten military wives choirs invited to sing at the venue made famous by The Beatles. They were conducted by Gareth Malone, whose work with other military wives choirs was the subject of a successful television series.
The three musical luminaries then selected serving Army officer, Captain Rebecca Marshall, to sing a solo on the track.
Capt Marshall, based with the Adujants General Corps ETS at Catterick Garrison, said she was humbled yet elated at being chosen as a soloist, adding: “I feel completely rejuvenated from having music back in my life once more and cannot wait to perform at the diamond jubilee concert.”
The song was given its first play on Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on BBC2 on Friday. It features Prince Harry on tambourine and will be performed live at the concert in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4.
Hannah Illingworth, from the Catterick Garrison choir, said the members were selected on their ability to blend with the other voices in the choir, as well as being a strong singer.
She said the recording at Abbey Road studios had been a memorable event: “Gareth Malone conducted the rehearsal and Gary Barlow turned up the day after when we were in the main studio recording. Andrew Lloyd Webber was involved via Skype from America. It was very exciting.”
Gary Barlow said he began his search after speaking to Prince Charles, who told him to travel and find people to feature in the song if he wanted the Queen to like it. Originally, the singersongwriter had intended to create the song in London with the Philharmonic Orchestra.
His travels took him to Australia, Kenya and the Solomon Islands and will be charted in a BBC1 documentary.
Those selected include reggae duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaican group The Jolly Boys and the African Children’s Choir.
Sing will be officially released on Monday.
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