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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK


Classical tribute to Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney died of cancer in April 1998

A classical music tribute to Linda McCartney written by eight British composers, including her husband Sir Paul, will be premiered in July.

A Garland for Linda will be heard alongside new choral arrangements for five Beatles songs.

Linda McCartney died of cancer in April last year.

The plans follow last month's rock tribute which was led by Sir Paul and George Michael at London's Albert Hall.

Choir to sing for Linda

A Garland for Linda is made up of eight songs written for an unaccompanied choir - with each composer contributing one song.

Sir Paul has written his own composition - Nova. Other songs include A Good-Night by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, The Doorway of the Dawn by David Matthews, and Prayer for the Healing of the Sick by John Tavener.

The tribute was the idea of Stephen Connock, the chairman of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society. It was inspired by A Garland for the Queen, a 1953 tribute to the Coronation written by 10 British composers.

Mr Connock said: "A Garland for Linda is an affectionate and deeply-moving work that will be an everlasting tribute to Linda McCartney.

"The work is about maintaining hope and a zest for life, and these eight composers will, through their music, provide hope and comfort for us all."

Charity performance

The new Beatles choral arrangement features the songs Lady Madonna, Fixing A Hole, And I Love Her, Here, There And Everywhere and Let It Be.

A Garland for Linda will be performed by The Joyful Company of Singers at the chapel of Charterhouse public school in Surrey on July 18.

The charity concert will raise money for a new charity called The Garland Appeal. The appeal supports the healing power of music and works with two UK cancer charities, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Ark Facility at North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke.

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