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Friday, July 13, 2012

National Symphony Orchestra reprises popular performances aboard Queen Mary 2 for fourth consecutive year

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Renowned London Ensemble to Take Center Stage
on 14 October Transatlantic Crossing
10 July 2012Cunard Line guests aboard the 14 October 2012 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing on flagship Queen Mary 2 will have the opportunity to enjoy performances by select members of London’s prestigious National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).

Under the direction of GRAMMY®-nominated conductor Anthony Inglis, the NSO will give two concerts throughout the seven-day Crossing, one a tribute to American music, and the other in traditional “Last Night of the Proms” style.  In an exclusive partnership between Cunard Line and the NSO, guests will have the opportunity to join an all-passenger chorus.  They will rehearse and perform with Inglis and the NSO on stage and lead the audience in song during the latter concert, on the final evening of the voyage.

The line-up for this year’s passenger-led chorus includes landmark numbers such as “Rule, Britannia!,” “Jerusalem,” and “Land of Hope and Glory.”  Guests interested in participating in this year’s chorus can find detailed information in advance of the sailing here.

“From our award-winning lecture series and magnificent on board theatrical productions, to this exclusive partnership with the National Symphony Orchestra, we are pleased to continue to offer our guests the finest in on board enrichment and entertainment,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.

Conductor Anthony Inglis commented, “A Cunard crossing of the Atlantic had been a dream of mine since I was a boy brought up in Cowes [England] in the 60s and first saw the former Cunard Queens sailing out of Southampton past The Brambles.  To take part with my orchestra on the magnificent Queen Mary 2 of such a wonderful occasion as the two concerts we give, one of which will include some volunteer passengers, is that dream come true.”

Inglis continued, “This will be our fourth crossing, and each time the opportunity to take part is keenly sought by both orchestra members and the chorus of passengers, let alone seats for the actual performances.  So much fun is had by all that everyone will want to do it again – and they can, next year.”

The only liner to provide regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and Southampton, Queen Mary 2 offers the ultimate luxury cruise vacation, rich in classic British traditions, fine cuisine and stimulating on board enrichment.

This year’s season includes several new offerings, such as new theatrical productions, jazz workshops, lecture programmes, dining menus and spa treatments.

Guests can also take advantage of the popular Cunard Insights enrichment programme, which offers lectures by famous authors, historians, celebrities and personalities.  This season’s line-up includes such guests as former BBC news anchor and Royal correspondent, Nicholas Bowen; Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, Kenneth Walsh; and Steve Rivellino, TV producer and former vice president and general manager of New York’s Radio City Music Hall™.

Nights on board a Cunard Transatlantic Crossing are filled with Royal Nights themed balls, where guests can dance the night away to a live orchestra in the Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea; while days are spent with such leisurely activities as perusing more than 8,000 books in the largest library at sea, enjoying traditional white-gloved afternoon tea, or exploring the cosmos in the only planetarium at sea.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 or to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to www.cunard.com.
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About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

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About the National Symphony Orchestra of London
The History of the National Symphony Orchestra began in the 1940s, when it was making an average of ten records a year for DECCA with famous conductors and soloists such as Dr. (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent, Fistoulari, Boyd Neel, Moura Lympany, Clifford Curzon and Ida Haendel. This fine orchestra also recorded the music for many films, notably "Caesar and Cleopatra;" the cult film, "Brief Encounter;" "The Magic Bow;" "Love Story" (which contained the famous "Cornish Rhapsody"); and "Men of Two Worlds," with music by Arthur Bliss and under the direction of Muir Mathieson. Many of these film scores were recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

The NSO is proud to be Katherine Jenkins’ orchestra of choice for her live summer concerts and also regularly accompanies Russell Watson, Hayley Westenra, Lesley Garrett, Blake and many other top “cross-over” artists.

The orchestra has recently formed a Trust to promote outreach and music workshops in various deprived areas of society.

The National Symphony Orchestra chooses its players not only for their musical talent and technical ability, but also for their desire to give of their best at all times and to enjoy doing it!  This enthusiasm conveys itself very clearly to audiences, who always respond positively.

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