Monday, 4 June 2012
Australian music legend Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu will perform for the British royal family and a worldwide audience at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in the UK tonight.
Arts Minister Simon Crean said the Australian Government was proud to be supporting Gurrumul's performance as part of the celebrations to honour the 60-year reign of Her Royal Highness The Queen of England.
"Australia is honoured that one our most respected and well-known music artists, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, will represent our country at this historic event," Mr Crean said.
"Gurrumul will be joined at the concert by Australia's own Kylie Minogue as well as other world-class artists from every era and genre of music.
"Australia has a long and proud history in the music sector, both here at home and overseas. The Australian Government is committed to supporting great Australian artists, like Gurrumul and we're glad we could help him be part of this landmark concert."
The Australian Government provided $10,000 to support Gurrumul's travel to London to perform at the Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Gurrumul will perform with music artists from across the Commonwealth including Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Sir Cliff Richard.
Gurrumul will perform the first live performance of Diamond Jubilee Song co-written by Take That singer Gary Barlow and musical theatre legend Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The concert will be held outside Buckingham Palace from 7:30PM BST. For more information visit www.thediamondjubilee.org
For more info, head to http://www.minister.regional.gov.au/sc/releases/2012/june/sc074_2012.aspx
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