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Feb 13 2012

Queen to visit Krishna Avanti School for community celebration

Krishna Avanti School has been announced as the venue for the Queen’s visit to Harrow during her Diamond Jubilee regional tour.

The Queen will visit the UK’s first Hindu state school, Krishna Avanti in Edgware, when she visits Harrow on the first day of her Diamond Jubilee regional tour.Harrow Council can today announce the venue for the historic visit on Thursday 29th March, which will celebrate diversity in Harrow and across London.

Organised by Harrow Council in partnership with schools and the wider community, the event will feature music, dance and a specially commissioned photography exhibition.

Nitesh Gor is chair of the I-Foundation, which runs Krishna Avanti School, said:

“We are delighted and privileged to host The Queen’s visit to Harrow and we look forward to working with the whole community to make it a truly memorable day.

“Her Majesty will also be unveiling a specially commissioned tapestry ensuring we have a permanent reminder of our place in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.”

The Queen and Prince Phillip will also be treated to the first performance of a musical score specially composed for the Diamond Jubilee by former Harrow High School pupils and performed by singers from all of Harrow’s community choirs.

The music is composed by former Harrow High pupil Bryan Kesselman working with fellow former Harrow High pupil Philip Barnett, who said:

“We are overwhelmed to be involved in this once in a lifetime opportunity. It is an extraordinary honour to be able to conduct our music in front of Her Majesty, and we are delighted that we have been asked to include parts of the music Bryan composed for the Harrow High School centenary celebrations too.

“The fact that representatives from all ten Harrow choirs are collaborating is magical and a great development for music in Harrow. There will be 110 adults singing, plus children, and everybody is working together in a great example of the borough’s unity.”

Cllr Bill Stephenson, Leader of Harrow Council, said:

“Across Harrow schools, community groups and the Council are busy preparing for this historic occasion.

“It is a real honour that The Queen chose to visit Harrow and the event will be an exciting, memorable way to celebrate London’s diversity.”

Source: Harrow Council

Editorial Note: We’d previously mentioned this visit here, almost a week before Harrow Council publicised it, but we’re including the ‘official’ announcement for completeness.

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