At the invitation of Wise Music Group, I have posted the following tribute on their site:
“I had the pleasure of talking to The Queen on quite a few occasions about music. She was grateful for her own early musical education and frequently mentioned the advantages of starting music at an early age. She often referred to the focus that musicians need - a quality which I know The Queen herself possessed in abundance.
The Queen was Patron of over a hundred artistic organisations, and always showed respect for, and curiosity about, the activities of the UK’s musicians, composers and singers.
I had the honour of writing new music for numerous national/royal occasions (most recently, for the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral) and these were always graciously, and often personally, acknowledged by The Queen."