news::Billy Bragg, The Q Awards, & the Queen

On October 8, 2007, Billy Bragg was presented with the 2007 Classic Songwriter award at Britain ’s biggest and most respected music event, the Q Awards October 8th. In classic Bragg style, he used his short time at the microphone to bring attention to his latest endowment, Jail Guitar Doors which provides musical equipment for those incarcerated in the U.K.

The following morning, Bragg visited his old school in east London in support of Love Music, Hate Racism – a campaign created in response to evidence of record levels of racist incidents in British schools. That evening, Bragg attended a gala performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The Queen was there to preside over the re-opening of the newly refurbished arts center, and the evening culminated in what is essentially collaboration between Bragg and Beethoven: a performance of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, replete with lyrics penned by Bragg, written to commemorate the re-opening. The Queen loved the performance so much so that she requested a signed copy of the score from Bragg, who was happy to oblige.

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