Ged Clapson
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Award recipient sings for the Queen

On Sunday, 3 June 2012, the Chamber Choir of the Royal College of Music joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the River Thames in London to perform at the conclusion of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. One of the dozen singers was the recipient of the Blair Wilson Award, Oscar Castellino.

Watch their performance as broadcast by BBC television in this 15-minute extract on YouTube.

The RCM Chamber Choir: Oscar is on the far right

Coverage of the Jubilee Pageant on the Thames in which Oscar sang continued well into June 2012 across the world. The India section of the BBC News web site carried this report by , in which she featured not only Oscar, but also fellow singers from India, Amar Muchhala and Joanne D'Mello. BBC News India


Oscar sings for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on the Thames

The boat Symphony pulls alongside the Royal Barge to perform for the Queen and other members of the Royal Family

"In the two days since the pageant, photographs of the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir singing on the Thames are fast becoming iconic images of the day," wrote Sarah Rainey in the Telegraph on 5 June 2012. "Drenched, windswept, battered by the elements, the troupe sang their hearts out to the Queen and encapsulated the spirit and stoicism of the day." Read the full report in the Telegraph here.

The students from the Royal College of Music at the musical finale of the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

Barging down the Thames - across the world!

The resilience of the RCM singers made headlines across the world. In India, the Navhind Times reported on the event and paid a glowing tribute to local singer, Oscar. Read their report here.

Wet but cheering: the RCM Chamber Choir acknowledges the crowds on the Thames

Following the Choir's performance in the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant, the RCM singers made several TV appearances. They were billed as one of the highlights of the Jubilee on the BBC, when Oscar joined several of the female singers to talk about their cold, wet experience on the Thames. Watch the interview here.

Oscar Castellino on BBC TV after the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

Vissi d'arte

From Tosca - Giacomo Puccini:


Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore,
non feci mai male ad anima viva!
Con man furtiva
quante miserie conobbi aiutai.

Sempre con fe' sincera
la mia preghiera
ai santi tabernacoli salì.
Sempre con fe' sincera
diedi fiori agli altar.

Nell'ora del dolore
perché, perché, Signore,
perché me ne rimuneri così?

Diedi gioielli della Madonna al manto,
e diedi il canto agli astri, al ciel,
che ne ridean più belli.
Nell'ora del dolore,
perché, perché, Signor,
ah, perché me ne rimuneri così?

English Translation:

I lived for art, I lived for love,
I never harmed a living soul!
With a discreet hand
I relieved all misfortunes I encountered.

Always with sincere faith
my prayer
rose to the holy tabernacles.
Always with sincere faith
I decorated the altars with flowers.

In this hour of grief,
why, why, Lord,
why do you reward me thus?

I donated jewels to the Madonna's mantle,
and offered songs to the stars and to heaven,
which thus did shine with more beauty.
In this hour of grief,
why, why, Lord,
ah, why do you reward me thus?

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