Two Dean Close pupils will perform at the most high profile events in the country this summer: The Queen’s Jubilee Lunch and the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Fourth former Joe Morford is to play for The Queen at her Diamond Jubilee Lunch on Tuesday 5 June 2012 as part of the National Children’s Orchestra. Joe, who has played the cello for six years and belongs to the NCO’s Main Orchestra, is to perform for The Queen and 700 guests at Westminster Hall in London. Also attending the lunch, which is being given for The Queen by the Livery as part of the Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations, are The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales.
Joe says: “I’m looking forward to playing for the Queen, it will be an incredible experience to play in Westminster Hall and an honour to be part of this massive celebration. Being part of the NCO has given me the chance to play in some great concerts but this will be like no other concert.”
In another part of London, Fifth former Lydia Maxwell, who recently had the starring role in the School musical Calamity Jane, will be performing at the Welcoming Ceremony of the Olympics. Lydia is in the National Youth Theatre and as such was invited to attend auditions for the Ceremony. During the auditions, Lydia took part in workshops in acting and movement among large numbers, all competing for just 150 places. She will find out exactly what she will have to do at the first rehearsal in June, but she already knows that she will be wearing a wig, and that she will be singing and dancing. She says: “I was both surprised and thrilled to hear I had a place at the ceremony to welcome athletes as they arrive at the Olympic venue. This is such a unique opportunity, a once in a lifetime experience.”