Ed Sheeran, Ventnor Comic Jazz Band, Shademakers as Queen’s Jubilee acts are unveiled
The role of the VENTNOR Comic Jazz Band in the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant has been revealed – and they are on the program alongside big names such as Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard and Torvill and Dean.
Actor Jeremy Irons, born and bred on the Isle of Wight, and Shademakers, the island’s own carnival company, are also included in the event, which will be one of the biggest military spectacles in the modern history.
Shademakers is organizing around 120 performers from the Isle of Wight who will wear extravagant animal-themed costumes in a truly unique opportunity.
The recap of the acts making up the competition, held on Sunday, June 5, as the grand finale of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, was revealed in full yesterday.
Acts in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant
ACT I: FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY
The show will begin with the ringing of the bells of Westminster Abbey as they did on the day of the Queen’s coronation.
A military parade will follow with all three services – the Army, RAF and Royal Navy – and will include the Household Cavalry, Life Guards, Blues and Royals and Royal Marines, as well as bands and pipers.
With 1,750 people and 200 horses, organizers say, it will be one of the greatest military spectacles in modern history.
Staff from across the Commonwealth, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Belize, Jamaica and Sri Lanka, will attend.
The law thanks the Queen for her role as head of the armed forces and honors the military, in particular the support it has offered to help with the deployment of the Covid vaccine.
ACT II: THE TIME OF OUR LIVES
The nostalgic celebration through the ages will explore seven decades of music, fashion, trends, fashions and culture from 1952 to 2022 – with a cast of 2,500 audience members – the oldest being 99.
Lambeth walkers, jivers, hippies, teddy boys, mods, glam rockers, punks, new romantics, ravers, Britpoppers, junglists and breakbeaters and other ‘tribes’ will take to the streets in the segment orchestrated by designer Wayne Hemingway.
Some 150 “national treasures” – musicians, chefs, TV personalities, sportspeople and artists who have been at the heart of culture over the past 70 years – will join a continuous 1.5 km “river of time”.
Sir Cliff Richard, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Jeremy Irons, Heston Blumenthal, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lineker are among those confirmed.
Eleven-year-old drumming phenom Nandi Bushell, whose online performances have made her a social media star, will play a major role as one of the ‘icons of the future’.
Five hundred vintage cars, motorbikes and bicycles, along with Daleks, Sinclair C5s, James Bond cars and an open-top double-decker bus wrapped in historic graphics will be on display.
ACT III – CELEBRATE
A series of 12 chapters will tell the story of the Queen’s reign and her tastes and loves.
Chapter One: The Princess and the Dragon
A giant puppet dragon the size of a double-decker bus with a wingspan the width of the mall will meet a dancing young princess, representing “the innocence of the princess against that of power and wisdom.”
The 6.5-metre (21.3ft) tall female dragon known as The Hatchling and created by Bristol-based art group Trigger will be the tallest puppet ever operated solely by humans, with a crew of over of 18 puppeteers.
Chapter Two: The Queen’s Beasts
A menagerie of farmyard animals and mythical creatures will parade, representing the four nations of the UK – Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland – featuring the Queen’s beasts.
Among the costumes will be lions, unicorns, a dragon, peacocks, swans, chickens, pigs, sheep and a snake.
Artists aged between 12 and 70 will take part in Shademakers’ Isle of Wight segment.
Chapter Three: The Wedding
This Bollywood version of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 features a giant four-tier wedding cake, modeled after the Queen and Philip’s, which will be ‘baked’ by acrobatic cooks on the go.
The Bollywood dancers will wear special Platinum sarees against the backdrop of Birmingham-based arts organization Nukhut.
The cake will house a sound system playing a mix of Bollywood melodies, and rickshaws will also play music.
Chapter Four: The Coronation
An Afro-Caribbean carnival-style rendition of the Queen’s 1953 coronation from Brent-based Mahogany Carnival Arts imagines the animal kingdom’s response to Princess Elizabeth’s accession while on safari in Kenya.
A huge wire bust of the monarch will appear, followed by 80 dancers in purple and white to create a bird’s eye view of her coronation robe.
The bust will be flanked by spinning ‘baianas’ and older members of the community riding mobility scooters modified into ‘flamingos’.
Drummers will lead the procession, followed by an array of animal costumes including elephants and giraffes.
Clary Salandy and Carl Gabriel, two of Notting Hill Carnival’s key artists, designed the chapter, and it features 300 costumes made by members of the Haringey community, some of which will be dedicated to family members lost to Covid.
Chapter Five: Tiny Acorns
Showcasing the spirit and longevity of the Queen’s reign, the centerpiece is a huge oak tree with a 12-metre mast rising from the branches as the mast dancers weave ribbons to form an image of the Queen.
Thirty older women chosen from Clapham and Preston and nicknamed the “Gangsta Grannies” will dance as baianas to hits such as “I Feel Good”.
The four nations are represented by flora and fauna with large puppets including a Tongan lion, dragon fish, seahorses and tropical frogs, as well as a floral ‘pineapple queen’.
Chapter Six: Happy and Glorious
Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival in Somerset puts on a performance of street parties and Jubilee festivities, complete with a 100ft carnival float, with nods to Beefeaters, Crowns and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Some 2,000 volunteers work together to celebrate the traditional British carnival.
Chapter Seven: Have Faith
A willow and steel sculpture by Peterborough sculptor Jeni Cairns of open hands, offering flowers and butterflies, depicts the nine interfaith religions and announces the Queen’s commitment to religious diversity.
Children who made painted lanterns will continue with their families.
Chapter Eight: Sharing Gifts
The monarch’s cultural exchanges, gifts and friendships will be celebrated with a carnival queen played by drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous who will be presented with flags by giant puppets and flag bearers to form an elaborate costume.
Commonwealth ties will be showcased using cotton and silk suits with a focus on Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and Manchester in Manchester’s Global Grooves section.
Chapter Nine: River of Hope
Two hundred drawings from schoolchildren across the Commonwealth will be turned into flags which will be transformed and danced in a ‘River of Hope’.
The element salutes the Queen’s appreciation for the natural world and the hopes of young people for a greener future.
Chapter Ten: The Queen’s Favorites
A 20ft tall puppet of a carefree, barefoot young Princess Elizabeth and surrounded by a pack of mischievous puppet corgis causing comedic ‘chaos’ on The Mall leads a playful procession depicting the Queen’s favorite things to the medium of eccentric British humour.
There will also be performances of the Queen’s beloved childhood pony, Peggy, and her favorite horses, including the winner of the Royal Ascot Gold Cup Estimate.
A pedal crown that raises and lowers and a nod to the late Prince Philip with performers waving pennants representing his awards program and costumes referencing his naval service will also be included in the chapter of the arts organization of Coventry Imagineer.
Chapter Eleven: Unity
A large-scale moving stage with a diverse cast of able-bodied and disabled circus performers, street dancers and urban athletes will see an aerial performer suspended beneath a vast helium balloon bearing the likeness of the Queen.
BMX stuntmen will jump on moving Land Rovers and performers will perform stunts against a trampoline wall.
There will be live music from a celebrity DJ, hip-hop dancers and appearances from the Paralympic rugby and basketball teams against the backdrop of Bristol’s Cirque Bijou.
Chapter Twelve: The Thank You Dance
Key workers will display six-meter-tall hand-painted scrolls showing the roles they have played during the pandemic in the section highlighting the service.
The outfits will each feature a piece of the NHS logo’s shade of blue and the acknowledgments will be seen in different languages written in the NHS font.
A central queen figure, with a dress and train printed with 70 endangered species from across the Commonwealth, will also make an appearance.
ACT IV: HAPPY AND GLORIOUS
A musical finale will take place around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, with a performance of the national anthem and the nearby audience invited to be part of the performance.
Ed Sheeran will lead a special tribute to the Queen, with the royals most likely watching from the balcony and the pop star joined by other stars and entertainers.