Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Buckingham Palace for Goldie's band

Goldie with Prince Harry. A group formed by the musician performed at a special concert at Buckingham Palace

A group formed by drum 'n' bass star Goldie has performed in front of Prince Harry at a special concert recorded at Buckingham Palace.

The 12 musicians, who were chosen from around the country, played a set of their own compositions for an invited audience in the Palace Ballroom after a period of intense training during which they wrote and rehearsed their own works.

The performance, which was filmed as part of BBC2 documentary, Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment, will be broadcast in January.

The group was mentored during the programme by a team of industry experts including composer Guy Chambers, jazz artist Soweto Kinch and singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews.

Goldie said: "It's been awesome watching the growth and development of these talented young musicians who have grabbed this opportunity to flourish.

"Seeing them perform on stage at Buckingham Palace has made me so proud and it's been brilliant mentoring them over the last few months."

Speaking after the concert, Prince Harry said he would download the group's music.

He told the band: "The power and variety of your music was simply incredible.

"Watching you perform together as a band was just inspiring. You're all so talented, I know you have come such a long way as a group and you should be very proud of yourselves and each other. I'm looking forward to downloading your music."

Goldie became the first celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing earlier this month after he and partner Kristina Rihanoff were left in last place.

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