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.
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.
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.
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.
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.