Posted on 12/03/2014
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will join staff and students for a ceremony in the Royal Holloway Chapel this Friday (14th March) to celebrate the award of the first Diamond Jubilee Regius Professorship of Music.
The Professorship was awarded by Her Majesty The Queen to the Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and accepted by Professor Julian Johnson, last year to mark the Diamond Jubilee. The prestigious award is the first ever to be bestowed upon a department of music and acknowledges the University’s exceptionally high standards of music teaching and research.
The Choir of Royal Holloway will perform O clap your hands, by Ralph Vaughn Williams, as the Royal Party enters the Chapel. This will be followed by a Welcome Address by the Principal, Professor Paul Layzell.
During the ceremony there will be a host of musical performances by students, staff and alumni. The Queen will also unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the visit and the Regius Professorship.
Following the ceremony, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will meet staff and students at a reception in the University’s Picture Gallery, which is home to the widely acclaimed Royal Holloway art collection, before signing the Visitors’ Book. The Queen was the first visitor to sign the book back in 1986 when she visited the College to inaugurate the newly merged Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, and to open the new Earth Sciences Building (Queen’s Building) as part of the centenary celebrations of the foundation of the Royal Holloway College, which was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886.
On receiving the prestigious award, Professor Johnson said: “The visit to Royal Holloway by Her Majesty the Queen is a superb way for us to celebrate the establishing of a Regius Chair in the Department of Music here. We are all honoured by the visit which underlines not just the importance of this award to the Department and the College, but also the place of music education in the UK.”
He added: “I am personally delighted to be the first recipient of this position but I’m very conscious that it is the result of the excellent work of the Department over many years, so it’s one which colleagues past and present share.”
Staff and students wishing to welcome the Royal Party should arrive at the designated area opposite the Chapel and Picture Gallery by 10:45am.