Cathedral concert celebrates Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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11:08 13 July 2022



More than 1,100 Hertfordshire residents and guests from further afield packed St Albans Cathedral last Wednesday for a concert to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The special concert on July 6 was presented by the St Albans International Organ Festival and the Hertfordshire Lieutenancy.

Demand for tickets was so high that they sold out weeks before the event.

Relay screens have been installed to provide additional daily tickets, without direct view but with immediate access to the exhilarating atmosphere and exceptional musical creation.


Gareth Malone conducts ‘Wherever You Are’ in St Albans Cathedral.
– Credit: Stephen Boffey

The enthusiastic audience included the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss.

They were joined by dignitaries from Hertfordshire County Council and St Albans Town and District Council, as well as many delighted friends and families of the artists.


Presenter Gareth Malone in St Albans Cathedral.

Presenter Gareth Malone in St Albans Cathedral.
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The event was hosted by choirmaster and broadcast star Gareth Malone with famed Hertfordshire-based actress Anna Franklin.

More than 250 performers included the British State Trumpeters, dressed in their finery, and London’s Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Simon Over.


Conductor Simon Over recognizes the performers

Conductor Simon Over recognizes the performers
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The Mass Choir was made up of 160 singers representing the St Albans Bach Choir, the Parliament Choir and local choirs.

A 60-voice children’s choir featured the boys and girls choirs of St Albans Cathedral alongside choirs from Abbey School and St Michael’s Church School.


Pete Letanka conducts his own 'Hope and Glory' in St Albans Cathedral.

Pete Letanka conducts his own ‘Hope and Glory’ in St Albans Cathedral.
– Credit: Stephen Boffey

Yet another talented Herfordshire resident, Pete Letanka, tore the house down with his inspiration “Hope and Glory” which was commissioned to close the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016.

Once concert costs have been covered, the net proceeds will be split equally between hospices serving Hertfordshire communities and the St Albans International Organ Festival.


Some of the Jubilee singers.

Some of the Jubilee singers.
– Credit: Stephen Boffey


Performers in full swing during the Jubilee Concert in St Albans Cathedral.

Performers in full swing during the Jubilee Concert in St Albans Cathedral.
– Credit: Stephen Boffey


Leo Letanka is presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss to the Duchess of Gloucester.

Leo Letanka, a third year pupil at St Michael’s Primary School, is introduced by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss to the Duchess and Duke of Gloucester.
– Credit: Stephen Boffey


The grand finale of the Jubilee Concert in St Albans Cathedral.

The grand finale of the Jubilee Concert in St Albans Cathedral.
– Credit: Stephen Boffey


The audience at St Albans Cathedral for the concert on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The audience at St Albans Cathedral for the concert on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
– Credit: Stephen Boffey

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