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Dagenham teenagers getting ready for Royal performance

PUBLISHED: 14:53 01 June 2012

(With Composer)
Front Row - Left to Right
Melissa Lima
Ben Widdop
Alexander Bond
Second Row - Left to Right
Toluwani Seidu
Rachel Portman OBE - Composer
Ginny Greenwood - CEO Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians
Harry Addison

(With Composer) Front Row - Left to Right Melissa Lima Ben Widdop Alexander Bond Second Row - Left to Right Toluwani Seidu Rachel Portman OBE - Composer Ginny Greenwood - CEO Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians Harry Addison

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Five youngsters from the borough are to perform for Her Majesty The Queen as part of this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

They are part of the Mayor of London’s Jubilee Band which was brought together by the Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians (MFYM) to help talented youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds from the boroughs of Camden, Greenwich, Kensington & Chelsea and Lewisham.

They include Barking and Dagenham youngsters Melissa Lima, 11, from Hunters Hall Primary School on trombone, Alexander Bond, 11, from Henry Green Primary School, Ben Widdop, 11, from Warren Junior School and Toluwani Seidu, 11, from St Josephs Primary School, on trumpet, and Harry Addison 12, from Robert Clack School on the French Horn.

The band will play a specially commissioned piece of music titled ‘A Celebration’ (in G Major) - a five minute piece which calls for eight trumpets, four horns, two tenor trombones, two tenor trombones, two bass trombones and two tubas.

Composer Rachel Portman said: “I wanted to write a piece that would be an inspiration to all the young players; a piece that would be their own, that they could perform for The Queen in joy and celebration of her Diamond Jubilee. I am very proud to be a patron of MFYM which is a vital charity enabling talented young musicians to fulfil their musical potential and I hope the musicians will be proud too of how far they have come and the great honour they have to be playing for Her Majesty.”

Other works being performed by The Mayor’s Jubilee Band include Fantasia on ‘Tico Tico’ by Derek Bourgeois, Let’s Face the Music and Dance by Nat King Cole, and A Medley of British Folk Tunes.


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