Her Majesty the Queen, who has turned 90, has allowed BBC Radio 2 to publish her ten favourite pieces of music (below).
All of them are pop songs or church hymns.
No great surprises there. But in a recent award of the Queen’s Medal for music to the composer Oliver Knussen, she detained Ollie for several minutes with childhood reminiscences of Edward Elgar, who wrote a Nursery Suite for the birth of her sister and for whom she retained a lifelong affection. She followed that recollection with memories of six generations of British composers. Her Maj knows much more music than BBC Radio 2 can possibly imagine.
The Queen’s 10 favourite pieces of music (according to Radio 2):
– Oklahoma! by Howard Keel
– Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun) by Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson
– Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives
– Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire
– The White Cliffs Of Dover by Vera Lynn
– Leaning on a Lamp-post by George Formby
– Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven (hymn)
– The Lord is My Shepherd (hymn)
– Lester Lanin Medley
– Regimental March Milanollo
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