The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year, marking 70 years since she came to the throne.
While the anniversary date is in February next year, in June there will be official nationwide celebrations of street parties, a four day bank holiday, military processions – and a song sung by choirs across the globe.
There are 54 countries within the Commonwealth, and each will play a part by entering their choirs to sing a specially commissioned song, performing at exactly the same time, to coincide with the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons on 2 June 2022.
Commonwealth Resounds has been asked to invite choirs of all sizes, amateur and professional to take part in sing a new ‘Commonwealth Song’ with lyricists and composers invited to enter to create the work.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons
“In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s extraordinary 70-year dedicated reign over the UK and the Commonwealth, the lighting of the Beacons will occur on 2nd June 2022 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and for the ‘first time,’ in each of the Capital Cities of the Commonwealth.
“I thought it would add to this special moment in The Queen’s life, if a unique song was sung by individual choirs throughout the Commonwealth as the Beacons are lit throughout the various time zones, on 2nd June next year. I could think of no better organisation than my friends from The Commonwealth Resounds to organise this competition to find the winning song to be sung during this historic evening of celebration.“
The official entry and registration forms for the song and the performance can be found here.