News > US Press Release for DVD of "Party at the Palace"

Added on 11-Jun-2002

Two spectacular DVDs featuring performances from the Queen's Jubilee Concerts, "Prom at the Palace" and "Party at the Palace" will be available from Naxos of America and BBC/Opus Arte on July 2nd. These unprecedented concerts were held in the gardens of Buckingham

Palace in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and a combined

audience of 24,000 lucky ticket-holders. They were filmed by the BBC

production team and broadcast live on the BBC and later around the world

to a multi-million person television audience. Highlights from the

concerts will be transferred to DVD and distributed in the US by Naxos

of America.

Under the creative guidance of Sir George Martin, Phil Ramone and Sir

Andrew Davis, some of the world's most celebrated pop and classical

musicians appeared at these sensational events. The BBC Symphony

Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of their Conductor Laureate Sir

Andrew Davis, formed the backbone of the two hour classical concert --

"Prom at the Palace" -- on June 1st. Opera fans enjoyed Dame Kiri te

Kanawa (singing Mozart and Gershwin), Sir Thomas Allen (Rossini and Sir

Edward German), and Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu (Puccini and

Verdi) sharing the honors. Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich also made a

rare guest appearance with the cello section of the London Symphony

Orchestra playing Villa-Lobos. "Prom at the Palace" was broadcast on PBS

on June 1st.

"Party at the Palace" -- took place on June 3rd and has made news

throughout the world. The show was kicked off by Queen guitarist Brian

May playing a rendition of "God Save the Queen" from the rooftop of the

Palace and was followed by a fantastic line-up of artists playing their

greatest hits. Artists included Annie Lennox, Atomic Kitten, Blue, Bryan

Adams, Brian Wilson, The Corrs, Cliff Richard, Elton John, Emma Bunton,

Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mis-Teeq, Paul

McCartney, Phil Collins, Ozzy Osbourne, Ricky Martin, Queen, Ray Davies,

Rod Stewart, S Club 7, Shirley Bassey, Steve Winwood, Tom Jones, Tony

Bennett, and Pop Idol, Will Young.

BBC Worldwide will donate proceeds from its commercial activity

surrounding the Jubilee concerts to The Queen Elizabeth II Golden

Jubilee Trust.



BBC Opus Arte DVD & VHS

All regions/16:9

Prom at the Palace: OA 0856 D (DVD) OA 0861 V (VHS)

approx. 2 hours

Party at the Palace: OA 0857 D (DVD) OA 0862 V (VHS)

approx. 3 hours

Complete with eight-page booklet.

Rush release July 2nd, 2002

A seperate CD release is scheduled for June 24 in the UK. Tracklistings

were announced and it seems "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been edited out.

No word on a US release for the CD (yet.)

Ed: Thanks to Michael Allred for this information.

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

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