As part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the BBC recorded St Giles Orchestra in Christ Church Cathedral Oxford on 29 May 2012. The orchestra was asked to play the last part of Walton's Coronation March "Crown Imperial" which he composed for the Coronation of Edward VIII - which became the Coronation of George VI - in 1937. Despite the day of the recording being a working day, many members of SGO were able to take time off work, and we assembled an orchestra of 64 players, including Christ Church Cathedral Sub-Organist Clive Driskill-Smith. In the film, presenter Gyles Brandreth is seen talking to Dr Stephen Darlington, Director of Music at Christ Church, about Walton's earlier life in Oldham and as a chorister at Christ Church, before both walk into the Cathedral to the sound of SGO playing.
The recording was transmitted as part of the BBC One Show on Tuesday 4 June 2012, prior to the Diamond Jubilee concert held outside Buckingham Palace. This special extended episode of The One Show also featured Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Kylie Minogue, and the Military Wives Choir.
Video version of broadcast
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Audio version of broadcast
Rough cut video showing more of the orchestra's playing
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Photos of the recording
Dr Stephen Darlington with BBC presenter Gyles Brandreth
Here's the "Hall of Fame" of all 64 players who took part.
|COR ANGLAIS||Matthias Winkel
|BASS CLARINET||Don Wild
|FRENCH HORN||Katherine Craddock
|VIOLIN 1||Emily Ormerod (Leader)
Lizzie Mundell Perkins
|VIOLIN 2||Jonathan Tease
Tom Draper Rodi
|DOUBLE BASS||Jessie Bate