London Montage

Andrea from the Jubilant Commonweath Choir shares being part of the River Pageant

At 10.00 am breakfast of pastries, fruit, tea and coffee was served and at 11.00 am the Silver Bonito departed from the London Eye as part of the pageant flotilla.  Lunch was provided at 1.00 pm.  As we travelled along the River we sang to warm up for the pageant.  Our boat was among 1000 plus boats taking part. There were 10 musical boats (vocal and instrumental) carrying bands/choirs/orchestras!  We sang a specially commissioned song composed by Orlando Gough to poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Common Wealth’; as well as a Welsh love song ‘Lisa Lan’, Scarborough Fair, ‘Jubilero’, Gaelic dance music, a piece by Henry VIII ‘Pastime with good company’, some other Tudor music, and a selection of other lighter pieces.  The pageant began at 2.30 pm from Battersea Bridge passing along 13 bridges. We performed for almost 2 hours and ended at King Edward VII Memorial Park, past Tower Bridge.

It was wonderful to see HM The Queen, Prince Philip and family on the Royal Barge, along with the crowds on the bridges and along the Thames River enjoying the Pageant. It was a deeply moving and uplifting experience and we sang our hearts out with great joy on the top deck of the boat. Our relatives received privileged passes to view the Pageant from the Albert Bridge. They got a great view and were well equipped for the rainy weather.

Andrea is top right of the picture

At the end we enjoyed a lovely party on the lower desk of the boat. We received a certificate for our participation and recently we also received CDs of our songs at rehearsals and the actual recording at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant – Sunday 3 June 2012.

Our friends and relatives saw us all over the world.   Since our choir performed at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant we have been invited to participate in other events.

The great memories will remain with us forever.

Andrea David-Hugh-Kong