Thursday, July 20, 2006

Birthday Concert for Her Majesty the Queen

Royal Albert Hall - Outside
Last night (Wednesday), I attended the Birthday Concert for Her Majesty the Queen. Despite a rather disappointing birthday composition ('A Little Birthday Music' by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies), the rest went quite well.

Royal Albert Hall - inside.jpg

Though Her Majesty didn't invite me to the Royal Box at the Royal Albert Hall, I did have a rather good view of everything. I was sitting just behind the choirs (massed from across England to sing just a few lines) and quite near the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Scots Guards.

Incidentally, the trumpeters were dressed in their formal uniform (including bearskin hats) and remained standing through the entire piece on what was the hottest July day in England since records have been kept.

The Queen's Medal for Music
After the interval, the Queen presented the second Queen's Medal for Music to Bryn Terfel.

The Royal Vehicle
Following the concert, many of us made our way outside to stand about and look at the Queen's car.

Mobile Phone Woman
Many people (not just me) were taking pictures with their camera phones.

About the concert:

About the Queen's Medal for Music:


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