HM The Queen cites unique Diamond Jubilee Song


12th March 2012
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At the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey on 12th March, The Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message made reference to the newly-composed song, Stronger As One. Young soprano Laura Wright, accompanied by Reading Blue Coat School Choir, premiered the new song – Stronger As One – in Westminster Abbey in front of representatives from all over the Commonwealth. It was performed shortly before the start of the Commonwealth Day Observance, attended by The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and the Duke of Edinburgh.

As Britain’s most exciting new soprano, Laura was selected to record this new song, which was cited in The Queen’s annual Message to the Commonwealth’s two billion citizens worldwide. Immediately following its premiere in Westminster Abbey, the song was made available to buy as a download, with Decca Records donating a minimum of 50p from every digital single being donated to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

Available to download now from: http://bit.ly/x6Ur1a

With a performance that is set to showcase Laura Wright’s sensational voice to the world, this citation in The Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message is both an honour and a privilege for the 21- year-old music student who used to wait tables to support her studies.

Composer of Stronger As One, Robert Hartshorne, said: “I’m delighted that Her Majesty has mentioned Stronger As One in her Message. With proceeds from the song being donated to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, I hope that the Commonwealth and the world like it!”

Laura Wright is currently studying opera at the acclaimed Royal College of Music, and to date has sold over one million albums. One of the UK’s biggest-selling classical artists in 2011, she was the first female singer since Katherine Jenkins to reach Number One in the Classical Chart with her album, “The Last Rose”. Her new album – “Glorious” – will be released on 21 May. A unique collection of great British songs, old and new, it will celebrate and commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

2012 looks set to become another incredible year for the singing student. Laura, who has just completed a UK tour with acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe, will be the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium on 31 March.

With such sensational singing ability and highly esteemed endorsements, Laura is set to become Britain’s latest classical music star.

STRONGER AS ONE

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”

From Echo Bay to Kanye
Bartica to Bairiki
Flowing as one,
Where any dream can live on
With old and with new
It is the voice that rings true (Oh-Oh)
Calling us, making us one

Heart and a soul
Shining as gold
Under one Sun
We’re stronger as one

Montego Bay to Savai’i
Sullum Voe to Kalahari
Oceans may part
But every river must start
In valley and hill
We are people who will (Oh-Oh)
Come now, joining as one

Heart and a soul
Shining as gold
Under one Sun
We’re stronger as one

In the rise and the fall
Of echoed words in great halls
Nations may dawn
But it is we who are born
All equal and free
With the power to see (Oh-Oh)
Who among many has one

Heart and a soul
Shining as gold
Under one Sun
We’re stronger as one

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