A Note from the Composer
Lieutenant Colonel S N Haw MBE, Commanding Officer, Household Division Bands
In February 2021, Regina has been created as A Musical Tribute to celebrate the Ninety-Fifth Anniversary of the Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of The Commonwealth, in the seventieth year of Her Majestyâ€™s reign.
Regina is a composition in five movements:
Â Â Â Â Â I.Â Â Tela Aurea â€“ Cloth of Gold
Â Â Â Â Â II.Â Gratia - Grace
Â Â Â Â Â III. Gloria In Excelsis Deo â€“ Glory to God in The Highest
Â Â Â Â Â IV.Â Coniux â€“ Consort
Â Â Â Â Â V.Â Â Vivat Regina â€“ Long Live The Queen
Regina draws on symbols of State as sources of musical inspiration in the first movement, as well as more personal reflections on Her Majestyâ€™s sense of grace and everlasting faith in the second and third movements.Â
The fourth movementâ€™s gentle musical depiction of a nautical seascape pays a respectful homage to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who has been â€“ in The Queenâ€™s own words â€“ her â€˜strength and stayâ€™ during her reign.
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history. The final triumphal movement is a portrayal of Her Majestyâ€™s seven-decade reign as Head of The Commonwealth; a profound sense of magnitude, greatness and esteem for a much loved and hugely respected figure around the globe.