Gary Barlow, Andrew Lloyd Webber write song for Queen Diamond Jubilee
Published Feb 24 2012, 11:39 GMT
By Daniel Sperling
has teamed up with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to write an official song for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The pair are launching a search for artists to perform the track with them, which will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II's coronation this summer.
"[This is] the biggest challenge I've ever taken on musically," Metro
quotes Barlow as saying. "I'm so excited and thrilled to be a part of it."
Barlow revealed the project to his Twitter followers this morning, tweeting
a photograph of himself and Lloyd Webber with the caption "The Lord and me".
The programme will be Executive Produced for the BBC by Mirella Breda, and Executive Produced & Directed by Ben Winston and Produced by Mark Jones for Fulwell 73.
According to The Mirror
, Barlow has also been tasked by Princes William and Harry with travelling to the US to secure more artists for the Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4.
P Diddy and Kanye West are believed to be top of the young royals' wishlists.
"I try to meet all the artists because then they feel more engaged, they're more in tune with what's going on," he told the publication.
"I know as an artist myself, often you turn up at these events and you don't really know what they're for, or what it's about. It's so vital that everybody knows how important this event is for Britain. So I'll try to meet everybody."
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Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Shirley Bassey and Jessie J are among the artists confirmed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert
Barlow is also set to tour the Commonwealth for a documentary airing on June 4, which will see him interact with musicians from various countries and discover what the Queen means to members of the public around the world.
"I'll be starting my journey around the Commonwealth in 10days," he wrote on Twitter. "Will be tweeting every bit of the way! #exciting."> Gary Barlow confirms 'X Factor' return talks, pay rise offered?