23 February 2022
Express: Queen to receive a special BMS gift on her 96th birthday - 'unite us all'
The Daily Express has featured the BMS and the organisations latest celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II is to receive a very special gift to commemorate her historic 70 years on the British throne, that will “unite all of us”. A new Jubilee anthem has been composed in honour of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. EIIR: The Platinum Record, which was announced to mark the monarch’s historic Accession Day, will be released on the Queen’s 96th birthday in April.
The two-part composition features renowned soprano Lesley Garrett and West End baritone star Rodney Earl Clarke, along with the London Community Gospel Choir. The first track, The Four British Nations, by composer Olga Thomas, is an Elgar-inspired creation featuring state trumpets, and chants and shouts of Vivat, Regina, and Elizabetha. The second is titled We Thank You From Our Hearts and heralds the monarch as the ‘mother of this nation’.
It features sounds from around the world including Caribbean steel drums and the didgeridoo of Australia, as well as Hindi, Maori, and Swahili chants referencing the Queen. It was composed by Anton van der Mere, who also wrote the lyrics with the founder of the British Monarchists Society, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills. The anthem, which was commissioned by the society as part of its year-long celebration of the Jubilee, will be available on all digital download and streaming platforms from April 21.