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June 4 Diamond Jubilee Concert – With Sirs Tom, Paul, Cliff & Elton, Among Others –On BBC; How About BBC America?Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
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As one of the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary as monarch – there is a lottery for tickets to a two-and-a-half hour concert. There will 5,00 people chosen and they will be given two tickets each.
The name of the individuals who win the tickets will be on them and they are not transferable. Winners must bring two forms of identification and, also, winners will be “able to enjoy a Jubilee picnic in the magnificent gardens of Buckingham Palace, before taking a seat in front of the Queen Victoria Memorial, where the concert will take place.”
The ticket ballot is, quite rightly, “open to those who are resident in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man; and to those who have a BFPO address.”
To apply, go to this link.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2.
Will it be seen outside of countries that get BBC 1? Well, I’ll tell you what I know:
Moderators Note: I was contacted by someone who asked me to start a petition to get the concert broadcast on BBC America. I said before I did that I’d contact the BBC and see what the plans are. I’ve done that and the person with whom I spoke is “looking into it to see what’s up.” If there is a petition, I’ll let you know so you can sign it and get as many people as possible to to sign it, too.
To read the official statement about the concert released by Buckingham Palace, an article about it from a London newspaper along with two videos, please click here to
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN
A line up of musical stars from the worlds of rock and pop, along with the best of classical music and musical theatre, will perform at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, on Monday 4th June, Buckingham Palace and the BBC announced today.
This historic concert, a celebration of The Queen’s 60-year reign through music, will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and other Members of the Royal Family.
Staged in the stunning surroundings of the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, the BBC and Gary Barlow have brought together leading talent from the world of music. The concert will include classic hits and one-off collaborations from artists including Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Ed Sheeran. Other names will be announced in due course.
The unique concert stage has been designed by world-renowned architect Mark Fisher, and it will make full use of the historic backdrop with spectacular lighting and projections.
Today a national ballot is launched through which 10,000 members of the public will be selected to receive free tickets to this unique event. People are invited to apply by logging on to www.bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee or by post, anytime between 7th February and 2nd March. Tickets are not being allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so there is as much chance of being selected if an application is made on 7th February as on 2nd March.
Those chosen by the ballot will be invited to attend both the concert and a Jubilee Picnic in the Buckingham Palace Garden. These “Diamond Ticket” invitations will be allocated according to the broad spread of the population around the UK. In addition, a significant number of people from a selection of nominated charities will receive invitations to the concert.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2 in the UK and to millions around the world. Viewers in the United States will be able to watch exclusive highlights on ABC the next day.
Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One, said: “BBC One is honoured to be the broadcast host of this magnificent concert to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. This will be a musical event like no other, with Britain’s greatest musical stars performing to celebrate this great occasion.”
Gary Barlow said: “The Diamond Jubilee concert will celebrate the 60 years of The Queen’s reign with an amazing line-up of world-class artists coming together to play at one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years. With Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, it’s going to be a fantastic event which transcends multiple decades of music. It’ll be a great, unique, experience for the thousands attending, watching on TV and listening on Radio. I can’t wait!”
For further information, please see www.bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee
[Applications can also be sent by post, to The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012, PO Box 798, Manchester M60 1WU]
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: British pop stars to perform at tribute concert
British pop stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, and Sir Cliff Richard are to perform a spectacular musical tribute to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
The Telegraph | Andrew Hough | 12:30PM GMT 07 Feb 2012
They will join a host of other stars from every decade across the 60 years of the monarch’s reign for the concert in front of Buckingham Palace in the summer.
Palace aides announced on Tuesday that the former Beatle, 69, will headline the act around the Queen Victoria Memorial.
Sir Tom and Sir Cliff, both 71, will also perform along with Sir Elton John, 64, Dame Shirley Bassey, 75, Jessie J, 23, and Annie Lennox, 57, together with boy band JLS and singer songwriter Ed Sheeran, 20.
Other names will be announced later.
They have a hard act to follow after Brian May, the guitarist from superstar band Queen, performed an electric version of God Save the Queen on the roof of the palace during a similar concert 10 years ago, for the golden jubilee.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family including the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are set to join about 10,000 fans for the concert.
A national ballot will now take place for those wishing to attend the free concert on Monday June 4, which will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC Radio 2 in Britain and simulcast throughout the world.
Those chosen will be invited to attend a “Jubilee Picnic” in the Buckingham Palace Garden afterwards.
While most “Diamond Ticket” invitations will be allocated randomly, a “significant” number of people from a selection of nominated charities will also receive tickets.
The concert stage has been designed by Mark Fisher, the international architect and officials said it “will make full use of the historic backdrop with spectacular lighting and projections”.
Sir Elton will face the additional challenge of living up to his tear-jerking rendition of Candle in the Wind at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, considered by many to be one of the defining moments of his long career.
Securing McCartney for the event’s bill was seen as a major coup for singer Gary Barlow (video at left) who is helping organise the event.”It’s going to be fun,” he said in a video statement issued on Tuesday.
”The Diamond Jubilee concert will celebrate the 60 years of the Queen’s reign with an amazing line-up of world class artists coming together to play at one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years,” the Take That star said.
”With Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, it’s going to be a fantastic event which transcends multiple decades of music.
”It’ll be a great, unique, experience for the thousands attending, watching on TV and listening on Radio. I can’t wait.”
Barlow said the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had both requested artists to perform although he declined to say if he or Take That would play on the night.
Barlow hinted at where the 85-year-old monarch’s preferences might lie in his response to a question about whether she would attend the 2-1/2 hour concert from start to finish.
“She chooses when she comes and goes so she’ll probably be heading out when I start to sing and heading back when Cliff starts to sing,” he said.
He said almost two-thirds of the acts had been confirmed and he hoped to go beyond Commonwealth artists and have American stars taking part.
The musician said he wanted other forms of entertainment such as ballet or performances from the West End to be represented and highlighted how classical acts had already been booked — English tenor Alfie Boe and virtuoso Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
He said those already signed up were excited at the prospect of playing.
“I’ve found everyone I’ve talked to, people are really looking forward to this event,” he said. “With the (royal) wedding, it certainly made me feel great — we are hoping this concert and occasion does the same thing.”
May told (video at left) ITV News on Tuesday: “I shall be watching and it’ll be quite nice not to be in it this time in a sense. We’re planning a few other things this year and I think people would get sick of the sight of us if we were there again.
“I will not be on the roof again. I think that was a one-off… but very happy that it happened.
“I remember standing on the top of the roof thinking this is 50 years of rock and roll and 50 years of our Queen so I actually said to someone she’s the rock n’ roll Queen. So now it’s 60 years. It’s amazing.”
In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, Danny Cohen, the Controller BBC One, said: “BBC One is honoured to be the broadcast host of this magnificent concert to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
“This will be a musical event like no other, with Britain’s greatest musical stars performing to celebrate this great occasion.”
Officials said the national ballot would not allocate tickets “on a first-come first-served basis, so there is as much chance of being selected.
People are invited apply by logging on to the Diamond Jubilee website or by post, anytime between Tuesday and March 2, when it closes.