Join Choir of the Earth to Sing for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee

 To mark 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne, Choir of the Earth has launched a global project to learn, sing and record a new arrangement of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, God Save The Queen, which it will then present to Her Majesty. The Choir’s Founder, Mark Strachan BEM, explains, “Absolutely everybody is very welcome to join this exciting project! It is free for everyone right across the world and you do not need to have any singing experience. More than 1,200 people have already signed up and we are on track to make this the largest group ever to sing for The Queen in this way! We would love this to be the largest tribute to Her Majesty, so please consider joining and bringing your family and friends with you.”

Choir of the Earth’s God Save The Queen project promises to be one of the largest Platinum Jubilee projects, with more than 1,000 people signing up within the first 48 hours alone.

The new arrangement of God Save The Queen was composed by Ralph Allwood MBE, who will also lead the online rehearsals to teach it, live from his London home. The Choir will sing three verses, the third of which has been written by Choir of the Earth’s own resident poet, Alexandra Brooke. The choir will be accompanied by the organ at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – The Queen’s private chapel – and played by Luke Bond.

Those who register will be invited to a series of free online sessions with Ralph to learn the music on 15 – 20 March. For those who cannot attend the live sessions, these are also recorded for participants to watch at a time that best suits them. Learning tracks are also provided, with each voice part emphasised, to help singers learn and practise between rehearsals.

Following the final session, Ralph will invite everyone to record their voices at home. No special equipment is required – participants are encouraged to use the voice recording facility on their mobile phones and full instructions will be given.

Choir of the Earth’s professional sound engineers will then mix all of the submissions together in the recording studio to create the final choir, which will be presented to Her Majesty’s Private Secretary on 1 June, before being premiered publicly via YouTube on 2 June.

Further information about this wonderful project and how to take part is available on Choir of the Earth’s website at

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  • Music

Melodia Choir Sings Again and Celebrates the Sun, Moon and Stars

Melodia Women’s Choir presents “Sun, Moon, and Stars,” a celebration of the universe as a constant force and source of wonder amid the Earth’s catastrophic challenges. On the heels of two virtual concerts during the pandemic, Melodia is thrilled to be performing in-person together again, in what will be their first live concert since November 2019.
“The steadfast presence of the stars, the moon, and the sun, is a comfort to us,” states Artistic Director Cynthia Powell. “We know they’re there, that time on their scale is barely fathomable, and the knowledge of their ineffable presence in spite of the exigencies of life on this pale blue dot has a grounding effect on our collective psyche. When we might feel hopeless or frustrated, wondering what the fate of our human race will be, we can look to the sun, moon, and stars for strength, for hope, and for constancy.”
The concert weaves together lesser-known works for treble voices, such as Moonplay by Lee R. Kesselman, Songs of the Lights by Imant Raminsh, and Stars by Ēriks Ešenvalds, accompanied by tuned water glasses, with more familiar repertoire including Sure on This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson’s Choose Something Like a Star, and When You Wish Upon a Star, from Walt Disney’s 1940 film, Pinocchio. The choir will also perform I Dream a World by André J. Thomas, one of the pieces Melodia recorded as a virtual choir video during the darkest COVID days.  
Rounding out the concert is an instrumental interlude featuring Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune, performed by Melodia collaborative pianist Taisiya Pushkar and flutist Francesca Ferrara.
“Sun, Moon, and Stars’’ will be presented live on November 21, 4:00 PM, at Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Information:

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors in advance, while tickets at the door are $25:
A concert will also be broadcast via Youtube on December 18 at 7 PM Eastern for those who cannot attend in person (FREE) – Register here:
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