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Royal seal of approval for local musician

Halifax-born Steve Copley composed a piece of music which was played to royal visitors at the Sandringham Flower Show.

Halifax-born Steve Copley composed a piece of music which was played to royal visitors at the Sandringham Flower Show.

A Halifax man hit the right note when a piece of music he composed was performed to royalty.

Composer Steve Copley wrote a special royal composition for HRH Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, which was performed by the young people of the Children’s Chamber Group from Sistema, Norwich at the Sandringham Flower Show last month.

In a first for the flower show, the young people performed ‘Rainstorm’, a piece of music specially composed for the occasion by the children and the Halifax composer, who is director of music and education at Sistema.

Steve walked through the gardens with HRH Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Dame Judi Dench as well as Dame Maggie Smith and the composition added the perfect touch to the ‘Tune in with Nature’ garden, designed to incorporate planting and music.

Steve said: “Today has been just one example of why Sistema in Norwich is a vital part of the lives of the young people we make music with.

“They have worked tirelessly towards this performance and have achieved far more than anyone could have expected.

“Prince Charles was genuinely touched by the music and praised the children’s professionalism.

“As Dame Judi Dench said to me, what a perfect way to help children realise their potential.”

A framed copy of the composition was presented to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and as Prince Charles left the marquee he commented that the children’s performance had made the show even more remarkable.

Sistema in Norwich is a programme that seeks to improve the wellbeing and prospects for young people through participation in music.

 

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