A Quarter of a Million Children to Perform Diamond Jubilee Song written by Out of the Ark Music

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A quarter of a million children to perform new Diamond Jubilee Song from Out of the Ark Music in UK primary schools during May & June as part of the celebrations for this historic event.

We are excited that 250,000 primary school children will be singing 'God Bless The Queen' as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations up and down the country.

During May and June 2012, a quarter of a million primary school children will perform a new song written specifically to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

God Bless The Queen! was composed by Mark and Helen Johnson whose previous work has included Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day Schools’ Songs, songs for Water Aid and The Girl Guides. This, their latest composition, has been written for primary schools to use as part of the Big Jubilee Sing. The Big Jubilee Sing aims to get 1000 schools and 250,000 children to perform the song up and down the country as part of their Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The song itself is about celebration but also raises interesting questions about duties the Queen has performed during her reign. It has been written to support wider school projects looking at the 60 years the Queen has been monarch and helps teachers explore this subject by posing interesting questions like ‘How many cards has the Queen sent for a Happy Hundredth Birthday and how many hands has she shaken on her royal visits.’
The memorable chorus encourages everyone to sing with one heart and one voice in thanking the Queen for all that she has done for our country and the Commonwealth.

Mark Johnson said, “We are delighted to have written God Bless The Queen! to help celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and her 60 year reign, and we are excited about how children and schools will be taking part in the Big Jubilee S!ng as part of their celebrations in the coming months.”

God Bless The Queen is available to download from outoftheark.com and 25 pence from each download will be given to the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Trust. Information on the Big Jubilee Sing and how schools are using the song will be posted on the ‘Big Jubilee Notice Board’ on the Out of the Ark website.

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Out of the Ark Music
Mark & Helen Johnson are the owners and founders of Out of the Ark Music. For 20 years their company has published songbooks and singing resources that are currently used in more than 20,000 primary schools and early year’s settings in the UK. Out of the Ark specialise in creating memorable, catchy songs which are fun and easy to sing and most importantly that children love! The company produces nativities, musicals, assembly songbooks and curriculum resources that help support teachers to make their lessons innovative and exciting but most importantly help children to learn though music.

Mark and Helen Johnson
Mark and Helen Johnson are a husband and wife team who have been writing music together for over twenty years. Their music continues to impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in schools across the UK and is loved by teachers and parents. Their catalogue of songs includes favourites such as, Spring Chicken and Conkers!

Mark and Helen also write for musical theatre and their songs are used in television and radio. In 2007 they wrote Make Someone Happy for Comic Relief which became the first Red Nose Day Song for schools, and they have continued this partnership writing songs for both the 2009 and 2011 campaigns. Mark and Helen have three children and live in Surrey, England.

For further information about this press release, please contact Anna Edwards or Matt Crossey at Out of the Ark Music on 020 8481 7200 (option 3 - Marketing)

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