Queen Elizabeth to be remembered in song Oct. 2 and 9

| September 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

QUEEN ELIZABETH looked charming in blue on her 90th birthday.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills will host a free concert and reception to make you feel as if you are in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s homeland on Sun., Oct. 2. The All Saints’ Choir will sing five songs honoring the life of the Queen. These English songs are what you would typically hear at Westminster Abbey.

The Oct. 2 concert in memoriam will take place at 5 p.m. in the church at 504 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills.

In keeping with the British theme, an afternoon tea style reception will follow the concert. No reservations are needed.

One week later, on Sun., Oct. 9, at St. James’ In-the-City Episcopal Church, at 3903 Wilshire Blvd., the Choir of Saint James will sing Evensong in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, beginning at 4:15 p.m.

The St. James’ choir has been in residence at both Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, while the All Saints’ choir, in residence at Wells and Salisbury cathedrals in 2017, plans to sing services at Canterbury and Worcester cathedrals next summer.

Report from London

Artist Anne Mansour, who lives in Larchmont Village, happened to be in London for the Queen’s pre-funeral events and funeral, all of which were taking place around the time of Mansour’s debut showing of her artwork at Designers Guild on King’s Road in Chelsea. Mansour wrote to the Chronicle:

“It has been such an amazing trip getting to talk to Her Majesty’s subjects here in London. One of my new friends, Juliet, who is an outstanding florist who grows her own flowers for Designers Guild, was saying how incredibly touched she was by the Scottish bagpipers. (Her roots are Scottish.) She said that seeing all those men preceding the casket from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey was one of the most memorable and intense moments of her life. The sound of the men marching combined with the emotional beckoning of the bagpipes and the colorful visual spectacle of tartans was something she will never forget.”

Adds Mansour: “The entire atmosphere was surreal. There was reverence, formality, tradition, ceremony, civility, respect, restraint; it all created a sense of unity, meaning and significance for a moment in time.

“For me, the slow march to Windsor Castle… I loved the moment on the way up the hill… All the bouquets of flowers had been unwrapped and carefully placed all in the same direction on either side of the road like a carpet of blooms, and there along the side of the road by the stables was the Queen’s black pony, Emma, looking so incredibly well turned-out and gorgeous with her groom. To me that was such a beautiful moment. The connection to our beloved animals.”

All may enjoy a connection to the Queen and to England through music on Sunday evenings, Oct. 2 and 9.

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