What a night!
Published 10 June 2022
London Youth Choirs shine out to millions at Platinum Jubilee Concert
They were some of the smaller-sized stars on the vast stage in front of Buckingham Palace, but nobody who saw them will forget the radiant faces and voices of the London Youth Choirs singers who took to the stage at the Platinum Party at the Palace concert for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Saturday 4 June.
The 26 singers from six of the nine LYC choirs were part of the Musicals segment of the concert, joining composers Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lin-Manuel Miranda, cast members from ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Six’, and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and young singers from the Music in Secondary Schools Trust for a joyful sequence of West End hits.
The segment’s closing rendition of “Any Dream Will Do” from ‘Joseph’, led by the show’s former lead star Jason Donovan, produced one of the musical highlights of the night, with a peak of audience enthusiasm further boosted by the sight of members of the watching Royal Family singing along with the words.
It was a memorable experience for the LYC singers, who were all personally congratulated by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jason Donovan after leaving the stage. “You’re all of you wonderful kids. Thank you so much. Well sung!”, said a clearly-delighted Baron Lloyd Webber.
The Platinum Party at the Palace concert was broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer to a peak audience of 13.4 million, setting an LYC audience record which will surely prove hard to beat.
The glittering playlist was opened by Queen and Adam Lambert and included performances by an array of top artists including Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Diana Ross, Hans Zimmer, Duran Duran and George Ezra.
LYC Artistic Director Rachel Staunton said:
“WHAT a night! It was a sensational privilege for LYC to play our part in performing with an incredible line-up of pop and musical theatre royalty! Singing in front of the iconic backdrop of Buckingham Palace live on the BBC at such a prestigious event was extremely exciting! Performing for royalty is a memory which will be with our young people forever.”
Congratulations to all of our young LYC stars!