Suffolk/Westminster: Angel sings for the Queen
SINGING sensation Laura Wright has premiered her new Commonwealth anthem in Westminster Abbey for the Queen and Royal family.
The talented young soprano from Framsden was accompanied by Reading Blue Coat School Choir as she performed the new track Stronger As One.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall were all at the abbey to commemorate Commonwealth Day.
Former Framlingham College pupil Miss Wright rose to fame as a member of the classical all-girl group All Angels, who had the fastest selling debut for a classical record.
Now performing as a solo singer, she has sold more than one million albums and will sing at Twickenham on Saturday ahead of the Six Nations match between England and Ireland.
Others from across the Commonwealth to perform during the special service included Canadian Rufus Wainwright and South Africa’s Hugh Masekela.
Speaking after a glittering reception, when she had spent time talking with the Queen and former Prime Minister Sir John Major about the song, Miss Wright said it had been a fantastic experience to perform in the Abbey.
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“I was really nervous, singing at the beginning of the service and at a wonderful occasion,” she said. “I got to meet the Queen at the reception and chat to her and the Duke of Edinburgh about the song. He was very cheeky and very funny. I was very star struck.
“I’m also performing at one of the concerts for the Jubilee in Hyde Park in June.”
During yesterday’s service, the inspirational new song was also cited in the Queen’s annual message to the Commonwealth’s two billion citizens worldwide.
In her 2012 address, themed on “connecting cultures”, the Queen described how the Commonwealth provides a great “understanding” for cultural differences.
She said: “To support this theme, a special song has been composed for the Commonwealth, Stronger as One. There are any number of ways in which that single piece of music alone can be played or sung anywhere in the Commonwealth.
“And by sharing the same music with our own personal interpretations and contributions, the wonderful human attribute of imagination is nourished, and we gain insights of understanding and appreciation of others.”
<n>Stronger As One was written by Robert Hartshorne is available to download now. A minimum of 50p from every digital single will be donated to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.