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Charles commissions cello music
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Prince Charles commissioned a piece based upon a Scots folk song
Prince Charles has commissioned a piece of classical music to commemorate his late grandmother, the Queen Mother.

Written by British composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, it will be a 27-minute work for cello and orchestra called Reflections On A Scottish Folksong.

It is based upon Scottish folk song Ca' the Yowes in reference to the Queen Mother's childhood in rural Scotland.

The piece is due to be premiered by cellist Paul Watkins and the Philharmonia Orchestra in early 2006.

Youth cellist

"I wanted to know whether she had any favourite Scottish folk songs," said Sir Richard.

"There weren't any in particular, but it turned out that she loved Edwardian music hall songs. She used to sing them to their grandchildren as she tucked them into bed at night."

The Prince of Wales, who was a cellist in his youth and employs a personal harpist, recently started taking conducting lessons.

The Queen Mother died in her sleep aged 101 in March 2002.


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