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Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber to pen Jubilee anthem

24 FEBRUARY 2012

Singer-songwriter Gary Barlow is teaming up with musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber to create a song for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

And the pair are aiming to 'Rule The World' by scouring locations around the globe to find other artists to perform with them.

The song will be performed at the star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4.

 

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In preparation, the Take That star will embark on an epic journey around the Commonwealth to discover what the Queen means to different people. His trip will feature in an hour-long documentary to be screened by BBC One. 

Gary and composer Andrew will also aim to incorporate different musical traditions into the song which will feature artists and contributors from the UK and Commonwealth. They could include international names and unknowns from remote villages. 

The X Factor judge's journey will see him travel to the Caribbean, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Australasia.

He said: "This is probably the biggest challenge I've ever taken on musically. I'm so excited and thrilled to be a part of it." 

Andrew added: "It is a huge honour to be involved in this historic occasion and I am looking forward very much to working with Gary."

 

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The song-writing project was announced on Radio 2's Chris Evans show on Friday. 

Gary is a favourite amongst the royals so it is no suprise he has been approached to co-write a song for the ocassion.

He has been heavily involved in the Prince's Trust and staged a concert to raise funds for the charity.

Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William all attended the event.

Gary's also been asked by the royal household to help organise the Diamond Jubilee concert  - which has now attracted more than one million ticket applications - featuring performances by Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.

Others due to take part are Dame Shirley Bassey, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and Tom Jones.

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