Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber team up for inspiring Diamond Jubilee song

Gary Barlow (yes, the guy from Take That) and Andrew Lloyd Webber have teamed up to create a song for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a celebration of her now 60-year reign.

The rad, unique thing about this project is that Gary & Andrew decided to involve the whole Commonwealth. The Commonwealth (in case you live under a rock) is a league of 54 nations, most of which belong, or used to belong to, the British empire. Gary and Andrew involved musicians from many countries, including Australia, the Solomon Islands and Kenya. Some of these musicians are notable names, and some are unknown natives and villagers. Even Prince Harry is on the track!…playing the tamborine.

“The hell do I do with this?”

“Oh. I see.”

What a wonderful idea. I got especially excited when I heard that this song features the incredible, blind Australian Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (who I talked about in a previous post).

“Ok, I’ll sing. But only if the Queen stays outta my way.”

There’s a documentary on the making of the song, too. It’s called “Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service”, and will be aired by BBC 1 in early June. I don’t know when/if this will be aired in countries other than Britain, but I’m sure it will be available online soon. I can’t wait to dig around for it, as I’m sure this project will have some amazing stories tied up with it.

This track has just been released yesterday, so check out the official “Sing” site for all the details.

And hear the song in the clip below. Whether or not the music is your cup of tea, I challenge your heart not to be warmed at this footage!

I know this was a big fancy project for the Queen, and all, but I think it’s a wonderful example of international cooperation and musical collaboration.  There are so many countries repped on this track! From royalty to anonymous villagers! That’s pretty original…and inspirational.
One last thing – next week I’m going to be starting a new segment called ‘Talent Tuesdays’, where I draw attention to a new/unsigned creative talent. I’ll be starting with probably small feature articles, and progressing to interviews and even guest articles. If you or someone you know is a musician/artist/doing something creative and you want to feature your work, let me know in the comments!


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11 Responses to Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber team up for inspiring Diamond Jubilee song

  1. Barbara Smith says:

    That was so interesting. Can’t wait to see the doco. Thanks for drawing attention to this.

  2. bradthebrad says:

    Nice work friend! Sounds great, and I just realised that I got one of the answers in my General Knowledge test (Diamond=60 years) correct! Haha.

  3. keithpp says:

    It would be churlish to say Gary Barlow did not do a good job. It would have been difficult to have done otherwise with the resources he had at his disposal: Money from the BBC, a sound crew, a film crew, studio time, help from Andrew Lloyd Webber. He even managed to get a documentary out of it, Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service.

    To suggest, as many have who should know better, that he had done something new, was ludicrous.

    Peter Gabriel has been doing this for years.

    The late Charlie Gillett used to have an excellent programme on the BBC World Service in the early hours of the morning. One of the few music programmes I considered worth listening to.

    Not so long ago BBC Radio 4 had a well known musician, so well known I cannot rememberer who, going I think to Morocco or somewhere like that.

    AfroReggae is a project in the favelas that gets kids to do music rather than violence, hitting drums rather than dealing drugs and killing each other. They opened for the Rolling Stones when they played Rio a few years ago.

    Playing for Change have been connecting street musicians across the world. The money they raise goes back into education.

    Gary Barlow was responsible for the Diamond Jubilee Concert. Heavily over-hyped, it must rate as one of the worst concerts I have ever seen. I could count on one hand, the number of acts worth watching. It was dire.

    The BBC are displaying their usual crass stupidity. The Gary Barlow documentary Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service is only available on-line for a week (one day left as I write) and if they follow their usual bad practice, access from overseas will be blocked.

  4. keithpp says:

    Worth watching, but less than 20 hours left to watch at the time I post (may not be possible out of UK):

  5. keithpp says:

    In what is a well produced and moving documentary Gary Barlow does not come across as hey, I am the famous guy from a boy band. Far from it, he shows humility. He also shows a love of music and admits he used to love to play the piano and being a singer ruined his musical skills, ‘I lost the musician in me’. Prince Charles displays a knowledge of World Music and advises seek in the nooks and crannies away from the mainstream.

    Having discovered that there is real music out there, will Gary Barlow record a few albums using what he has found? Let us hope the answer is yes.

    • Hahaha. Yeah – I haven’t even heard of Gary Barlow! (Though I have heard of Take That, of course) He seems like a lovely guy, though. I thought the idea was cute. The song was not of a style I would personally usually listen to, but because of the back story I enjoyed it.

  6. keithpp says:

    Take That was an awful boy band. Robbie Williams did himself a favour by leaving.

    To me, Gary Barlow was someone of zilch talent in a pathetic boy band.

    Watching Gary Barlow: On His Majesty’s Service put him in a whole new light. Not a programme I would have watched, but having read this piece was why I decided to watch.

    He displayed incredible humility before the musicians he found,and he was clearly moved.

    He talked of how he loved to play the piano, then when he sang he lost it as a musician. I think somewhere he says he was making money for a record company.

    One of the things we we were seeing as the programme progressed was Gary Barlow rediscovering his love of music

    It was brilliant right at the beginning where he pays a visit to Prince Charles seeking some answers to what the Queen may like or not like and Prince Charles digs out his World Music collection. Prince Charles advises Gary Barlow to look in the nooks and crannies away from the mainstream.

    Gary Barlow refers to this in a BBC interview. He asks Prince Charles why he has never mentioned any of this before, for Prince Charles to respond: No one has ever asked.

    I am hoping he continues this exploration of music, records a few albums, and if he introduces Take That fans to the fact there is real music out there waiting to be discovered, all the better.

    All the more incredible the crass stupidity of the BBC only holding this programme on-line for a week and for blocking access from outside the UK. It may be available in the Commonwealth, unbelievable if not, but is not available in the US.

  7. NYParrot says:

    What a fantastic project, what a powerful collaboration, what an inspiring song! Thanks for sharing!

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