Chiswick’s coronation weekend – The Big Sing for the King

A damp declaration of fealty

A light drizzle did not deter people from turning up for the Big Sing for the King on Saturday (6 May). After Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Coronation Anthem and Judith Weir’s Brighter Visions Shine Afar, at Westminster Abbey, it was time to lower the tone with a bit of pop music everyone could sing along to, outside St Michael & All Angels Church in Bedford Park.

Organised by the Church and the Tabard pub, the crowd sang lustily, working their way through such classic anthems as Hey Jude, I’m The King of the Swingers, Twist and Shout, Daydream Believer and Mamma Mia.

Father Kevin said:

“We were astonished and delighted that well over 200 people came and sang despite the rain. Some even knew the words to Teenage Dirtbag! It was a wonderful way for us and the team at the Tabard pub to celebrate Coronation Day with local people – and we raised over £1,400 for our charities. Thank you to everyone who sang and donated so generously.”

Pictures by Torin Douglas

I would go 500 miles

(L) Fr Kevin welcomes the crowd; (R) Twist and shout

More pictures by Alan Weavis

(R) Musician Piers Wood-Jenkins

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