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NEWSLETTER NPW News Summer 2016 Issue 11 1 Newham schools Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Newham pupils join Household Division to perform A Song for the Commonwealth When you’ve already performed in front of one billion people at the Commonwealth Games, for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family and recorded with a Military Regiment, performing in the Household Division’s Beating Retreat 2016 must seem like a walk in neighbouring St James’s Park. Following four months of rehearsal, 150 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir strode onto the grit of Horse Guards Parade, looking as smart as any soldier, in their blue Commonwealth Children’s Choir Since February this year, the Commonwealth Children’s Choir has been working extensively with Major Simon Haw MBE, Director of Music of the Band of the Coldstream Guards Band, to prepare for the celebration of the Commonwealth, recording A Song For The Commonwealth with musicians of the Household Division at RAF Northolt and in the Guard’s Chapel at Wellington Barracks. On Commonwealth Day 2016, Monday, 14 March 2016, 53 @NPWnews jumpers, to sing A Song For The Commonwealth. Accompanied by the massed bands of the Household Division, 150 Newham pupils filled the summer evening with song whilst fireworks punctuated the music. For two nights, 8 and 9 June 2016, an audience of 6,500 attended the Household Division’s annual Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade. The theme for this year’s performance was Commonwealth - Bonds of Friendship. Over the course of an hour, musicians from the Household members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir performed with the Band of the Coldstream Guards on Horse Guards Parade. Directly after that another group of 30 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir performed in Westminster Abbey for a special Commonwealth Observance and to perform for The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Maltese Prime Minister Dr Joseph NPWschoolservices Division performed in celebration of the Queen’s 90 birthday, marked the centenaries of the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme, and 80 years since the first flight of the Spitfire, which roared over the audience as the RAF trumpeters played. Head Teacher at St Winefride’s Primary School, Paul Underwood, said: “We are so grateful to have these fabulous opportunities to showcase the talent of our pupils. We are always so proud of our pupils in terms of their application, their maturity and their ability to perform at the very highest level.” Muscat. The next day saw 85 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir perform at a special celebration of the Commonwealth at the C o m m o n w e a l t h S e c r e t a r i a t , Marlborough House for an audience including the Commonwealth Secretary-General and 53 High C o m m i s s i o n e r s a n d t h e i r representatives. Continued on page 2 27/06/2016

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