All jokes about knighthoods aside, Gary Barlow is that bit more likely to be in the running for one after recent events. Not only has he been the chief entertainment booker for the special concert being held to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee outside Buckingham Palace tomorrow evening, but he and Andrew Lloyd Webber have been in charge of putting together a special song to mark the occasion - 'Sing'. 'On Her Majesty's Service' is the story of that song.
It's a breath-taking, eye opening film, directed by Ben Winston, who was also behind JLS' excellent tour movie 'Eyes Wide Open' last year, which sees Gary travel all over the Commonwealth to create a truly unique piece of music that captures all nations and all walks of life, from a junk band in Nairobi to a blind classical guitarist up in the Blue Mountains of Sydney. And yet at the heart of everyone Gary meets, something remains the same throughout; the universal language of, and passion for, music.
It comes full circle when he returns to London, and Abbey Road Studios to give 'Sing' it's truly British stamp with Gareth Malone and the Military Wives' Choir, before presenting the finished song to her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor. Never have I felt more inspired watching this film - you can tell that Gary and Andrew had an amazing time putting this record together and to witness such an eclectic range of cultures all drawn together by music is truly awe inspiring, and you really feel that when you hear the song as well. In a year where we have many reasons to be proud to be British, this encapsulates it perfectly.