London, England, U.K. - Award-winning SV2G Wycombe Steel Orchestra represented the Commonwealth and had Buckingham Palace guests partying in the Palace gardens as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Monday 4th June.
12,000 people attended a picnic in the Queen’s back garden ahead of the diamond jubilee concert. Despite the drizzle of rain towards the end, revelers partied on to Hot Hot Hot played by the young people from High Wycombe. Members of the Royal family surprised guests mingling in the Buckingham Palace garden, and guests including the Middleton family were all captivated by the steelpan music. The Queen’s granddaughters – Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie joined in to the infectious steelpan music dancing and playing the maracas and tambourine alongside the youngsters.
Earlier in the afternoon before the guests arrived, SV2G sat with members of the Royal Household and were treated to the stunning picnic hamper prepared by chef Heston Blumenthal and palace chef Mark Flanagan. They had a very elegant 5-course menu that the Queen tasted and approved every dish. The young people from High Wycombe tucked into the delicious dishes as tea-smoked Scottish salmon, a modern version of Coronation Chicken and Sandringham strawberry crumble crunch, presented in a basket hamper. Desserts were made by Fiona Cairns, who also created the wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The delicious cupcakes, lemon and caraway Madeira cake and a chocolate cake decorated with a chocolate crown went down a treat!
Wycombe Steel Orchestra was featured on the One Show, Gary Barlow live interview at Buckingham Palace and various other TV programmes and Radio news.
Jacqueline Roberts commented “The Palace Staff were so good to us, we had an enjoyable day. This was a once-in-a-lifetime historical event that we participated in, we came back with so many memories. My favourite is with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the members of the royal household joining in to Wycombe Steel Orchestra. I am so proud of our young people they performed so professionally to thousands of people.”
Based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, SV2G (St. Vincent & The Grenadines 2nd Generation) is a Combined Arts & Cultural community organisation that has been raising the awareness of African and Caribbean heritage & culture. The organisation facilitates engagement with creativity and Caribbean heritage through the music of the steelpan. SV2G coordinates and operates a successful steelpan Orchestra “Wycombe Steel Orchestra”, delivering performances and events and a programme of training for community participants (of all ages, though with a particular emphasis on young people) and schools. The development of Wycombe Steel Orchestra (established in 2006) has been a key project for SV2G. The Orchestra currently comprises thirty volunteer musicians (aged 10-25) representing a range of diverse backgrounds. Establishing the Orchestra has been critical to the aim of SV2G to raise the standard and status of the steelpan instrument in the UK. In summer 2009 members of the Orchestra achieved the first steelpan grade examinations in the UK, with examiners attending from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM). SV2G is at the forefront of developing formalised accreditation opportunities for those learning steelpan in the UK and has been the lead organisation (working with Arts Council England, the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and the University of the West Indies) to establish the foundations for this development work (including establishing the Steelpan Educators Training Association).
The organisation was awarded the Inspire mark from the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and will be delivering a Cultural Legacy in Bucks. SV2G has also recently acquired town centre premises with support from WDC and investment from the Arts Council England to open in autumn this year, the first School of Steelpans in the UK to offer accredited courses.
SV2G also works in partnership with other
local agencies to deliver the annual Wycombe Community Festival
(with steelpan an essential carnival ingredient) and to deliver
other related arts and heritage initiatives.
From the News Desk of SV2G (St. Vincent
& The Grenadines 2nd Generation)
Contact: Jacqueline Roberts, SV2G - 01494 45944 or 07967 296789; email@example.com
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