Thirteen composers were commissioned to write works for the Royal flotilla down the Thames. Ten barges carried musicians to play the works. All concerned were interviewed beforehand for radio and television. As was the Mayor’s Jubilee Band, comprising 60 London children.
And not a note was heard on the BBC, not a word, not a single mention of the music that was meant to brighten the Queen’s day. Richard Harwood tells us: I was the unfortunate soaked cellist on (Gavin Greenaway’s) boat and, along with violinist Thomas Gould, the other two string players on board and a few others, can confirm that the BBC did interview us a month earlier and filmed us for much of the day during our recording sessions.’ All to no purpose.
We remarked before on the BBC’s amateurish and often infantile presentation of the flotilla. Kevin Marsh, a former BBC editor, zoned in on the elementary faults that were made in the outside broadcast.
Omitting the music was possibly the worst offence. Gavin Greenaway, one of the composers, has written a disappointed blog, listing his betrayed colleagues and providing a web link to some of the music.
Read Gavin here. And salute the roll of honour:
Carol Ann Duffy