Biggleswade violin tutor performs for the Queen at Songs of Praise service

Noël Tredinnick directs the All Souls Orchestra, including violin tutor Ali Brown. Picture: Inspirin

Noël Tredinnick directs the All Souls Orchestra, including violin tutor Ali Brown. Picture: Inspiring Music - Credit: Archant

A violin tutor from Biggleswade was hand-picked to perform for the Queen at a special service filmed for the BBC.

The Queen at the Scripture Union 150th-anniversary service at St Mary’s Church in Islington. Picture

The Queen at the Scripture Union 150th-anniversary service at St Mary’s Church in Islington. Picture: Inspiring Music - Credit: Archant

Ali Brown, who teaches in Biggleswade, Shefford, Henlow and elsewhere, was among the musicians chosen for a Jubilee Thanksgiving service at St Mary’s Church in Islington, London, which formed part of a Songs of Praise programme.

The service, which was attended by the Queen, was to mark 150 years of evangelical movement the Scripture Union. It featured music and theatrical performances.

Ali said: “It was a wonderful event, made even more special with the children singing – and, of course, Her Majesty being there. A real privilege.”

Ali, from Central Beds Council’s Inspiring Music service, was part of the All Souls Orchestra, conducted by Noël Tredinnick.

Scripture Union national director Timothy Hastie-Smith at St Mary’s Church in Islington. Picture: In

Scripture Union national director Timothy Hastie-Smith at St Mary’s Church in Islington. Picture: Inspiring Music - Credit: Archant


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Snger Katherine Jenkins and presenter Pam Rhodes were also at the service.

The venue was chosen due to its proximity to where Scripture Union founder Josiah Spiers held its first meeting in 1867.

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