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norman lebrecht

April 12, 2022

This is what London’s Southbank Centre, built by public subscription, is putting on for the Queen’s platinum jubilee in June:

Highlights for the Southbank Center’s Jubilee festivities include:

Musical celebrations from Nu Civilization Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
A day exploring how punk exploded into popular culture in 1977, the year of the Silver Jubilee, including an exclusive screening and panel discussion with Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle on his new Sex Pistols series, Pistol
LGBTQI+ club Duckie presents the daytime “Official” and late night “Alternative” Royal Command Performances
Fun-filled performances for all the family with Moxie Brawl’s Punk Alley, Half Moon’s Party and Folk Dance Remixed’s Step Hop House

The Southbank Center today announces a program to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Taking place across Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 June 2022, the Southbank Center’s eclectic program of Jubilee events encompasses both “Official” and “Alternative” Royal Command Performances alongside classical music, punk, dance, performance and parties, to appeal to diverse and wide- ranging audiences. The Southbank Center also presents an exclusive live screening of Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle’s new series Pistol, which charts the rise of the Sex Pistols and the punk revolution in Britain, as well as a panel discussion with Danny Boyle about the series, the punk movement’s explosion in the summer of ’77 and its enduring legacy.

Mark Ball, the Southbank Center’s Artistic Director, said: “We’re marking Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a range of events across a multitude of art forms with wide-ranging appeal – from the jazz of Duke Ellington’s The Queens Suite, to exploring punk and the clash of cultures at the time of the Silver Jubilee, to re-imagined folk-dance and a party for 2-5-year-olds. We wanted our Jubilee to be an open program – for anyone of any age, background or cultural interest to be inspired to attend and to celebrate the long weekend.”

To mark the occasion, musical celebrations take place across the Southbank Center’s Jubilee weekend. Nu Civilisation Orchestra, presented by Tomorrow’s Warriors, perform a selection of Duke Ellington’s compositions in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 3 June, including The Queen’s Suite, which was inspired by Ellington’s meeting with Her Majesty The Queen in 1958. BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Concert Orchestra present a concert on 1 June in the Queen Elizabeth Hall of distinctly royal music from the big and small screen, including soundtracks from The King’s Speech, The King and I, The Last Emperor and The Queen. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Choral Society and The Bach Choir also honor the Jubilee with a celebratory concert, presented by BBC Radio 3’s Katie Derham, in the Royal Festival Hall on 4 June.

The Southbank Center also presents a right royal knees up on Friday 3 June from London’s most glamorous daytime club, The Posh Club – a performance, dance and social club for older people created by the LGBTQI+ club Duckie. The “Official” Royal Command Performance for The Posh Club takes place in the daytime in the Clore Ballroom, hosted by Prince Azara, Lady in Waiting Rhys’ Pieces and a grand line-up of cabaret acts including Black Elvis, TBone, Kate Conway and the Posh Club Dance Club for an aristocratic afternoon tea dance. Later into the night, Duckie presents The “Alternative” Royal Command Performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer. The line-up includes Marie Lloyd, Travis Alabanza, Midgette Bardot, Thick & Tight, Vidya Patel, Lasana Shabazz, DJs Readers Wifes, along with (just out of retirement) the Bloolips performance legend Bette Bourne as HRH The Queen.

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