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Friday, June 01, 2012
New music by Jocelyn Pook, Rachel Portman and Debbie Wiseman will feature in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant this Sunday June 3. The floating procession will be interspersed with 10 musical barges carrying choirs and orchestras.New Water Music for the Diamond Jubilee – world premiere Eleven of Britain’s renowned film composers, including Jocelyn Pook and Debbie Wiseman have each created a new movement using the original titles of Handel's Water Music for inspiration. This new suite of music will be performed for the first time by an ensemble of 15 live musicians. The Mayor’s Junior Jubilee Brass Band – world premiere Rachel Portman has composed a new piece A Celebration for a 75 piece brass band which has been created for the Pageant by The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians. The band brings together students aged 12 to 21 from London’s four music colleges (Guildhall School of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban), and Mayor’s Music Scholars from the boroughs in which the colleges are situated (Tower Hamlets, Camden, Kensington & Chelsea, Barking & Dagenham).London Philharmonic Orchestra & RCM Chamber ChoirThe London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir conducted by David Parry will perform a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style repertoire of grand ceremonial works, British pastoral music and patriotic anthems by composers including the National Anthem, God Save the Queen by Gordon Jacob and I was Glad by C. Hubert H. ParryOver 1,000 boats will muster on the Thames to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The formal river procession will be between 2pm and 6pm, starting upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishing downriver of Tower Bridge. The boats will muster between Hammersmith and Battersea and disperse from Tower Bridge to West India Docks. Expect to see lots of red, white and blue on bridges and buildings along the river bank and hear church bells, fireworks, music and foghorns as hundreds of boats from all over the UK and beyond move at a gentle speed of four knots down seven miles of river. All kinds of boats will take part - rowing boats, historic, sailing and motorised boats, kayaks and canoes. It will take 75 minutes for the flotilla to pass any given point.There will be big screens placed along the River Thames route and at two ticket-only family-friendly festivals in Hyde Park and Battersea Park. BBC Big Screens will be transmitting live BBC coverage in 22 locations around the UK.For full details of the event see here. ________________________________________WHERE TO WATCH /LISTENOnlineBBC News website will have live video and text updates, picture galleries, expert commentary and your viewsTV13:30 - 18:00 BBC One Special programme on Diamond Jubilee Pageant13:30 - 16:00 BBC News Channel14:00 - 18:00 BBC World News live from London22:55 - 00:05 BBC One Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant HighlightsRadio12:00 - 18:00 BBC Radio 5 live 15:00 - 19:00 BBC Radio 2 live BBC Big Screens will broadcast the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 22 locations around the UK, from 14:00

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