This just in from Ginny Greenwood, organiser of the Mayor’s Jubilee Band, adding to the general dismay at the BBC’s neglect of the musicians it lined up for the Royal flotilla:
It has taken me two days to get over the disappointment of the Mayor’s Jubilee Band being completely ignored throughout the Pageant. I witnessed 60 children aged 10-21 get totally soaked through in the freezing cold playing uncomplainingly for over 2.5 hours as we slowly made our way down river, so far towards the tail end of the flotilla that we barely felt part of it. But still, at least we had been assured coverage by the BBC. We had been filmed by This Morning on Friday, BBC Newsround on Saturday and ‘A Celebration’ the piece we commissioned from Rachel Portman, had been broadcast on Radio 3 at 8:30on Sunday morning. It was a great story. Children from all four music colleges and from borough music services coming together to honour the Queen. The children had told all their families, friends, teachers and various social networks to look out for us and what happend. Nothing, zero, not a glimpse, and worse still, not a note. God bless Her Majestry, who waved and smiled at us as we sailed past, and shame on the BBC.