Royals - and all that jazz

YOUNG jazz musicians from Felixstowe are preparing for a date with Royalty – although the Queen will be at the other end of a satellite link.Deben Jazz have been selected to perform as part of a nationwide link-up in which people all over Britain will join together to sing a new arrangement of the Beatles' hit All You Need is Love.

YOUNG jazz musicians from Felixstowe are preparing for a date with Royalty – although the Queen will be at the other end of a satellite link.

Deben Jazz have been selected to perform as part of a nationwide link-up in which people all over Britain will join together to sing a new arrangement of the Beatles' hit All You Need is Love.

The young musicians from Deben High School have been invited to be part of the event to start the BBC Music Live's celebrations for the Golden Jubilee.

The Queen will launch the event in London at 1pm on June 3 and then musicians and singers in towns across the nation will undertake a simultaneous live performance of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's song, arranged by composer Michael Kamen.


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Deben Jazz and other artistes taking part in the BBC Music Live Felixstowe Golden Jubilee Festival will gather in the South Cliff Gardens next to the Town Hall and snatches of them will be shown live on BBC TV.

The jazz group – which displayed its skills at the official launch of the Felixstowe event – is thrilled to have been asked to take part.

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It is currently rehearsing hard for the event, at which the group will also give a performance as one of the youth groups involved.

Festival musical director Vinko Radonic said: "It will be wonderful and I am sure it will go OK – it all hinges on everyone around the country starting to play and sing the song at exactly the same second, but we will be linked to the BBC main centre in London at all times and I same sure it will be fine."

Around 35,000 people are expected to visit the resort to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and enjoy 11 hours of live music, entertainment, fireworks and fun.

Dozens of bands from around the region will play on 16 stages – eight main ones and eight smaller ones – along a mile of the seafront. Sounds will range from rock to brass, country to ethnic, folk to jazz.

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