On Sunday 4th November, Henry Thomas (Ch IV) performed as one of just 6 trumpets with the National Children's Orchestra infront of HRH Princess Beatrice of York (and her entourage...) at the 'Diamond Kids Royal Gala' in the Savoy Theatre, London.
The Gala was organised by the children's newspaper First News in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with all profits going to the NSPCC charity ChildLine. The Princess met all the performers before the concert and was apparently very charming. Most of the acts had won regional competitions to perform in the Gala, but the organisers had also invited 4 guest acts, one of which was the National Children's Orchestra. (The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain also performed). The evening was hosted by Jason Donovan and Anna Williamson (Kids TV presenter and ITV Daybreak reporter).
The National Children's Orchestra opened the show with a rendition of the National Anthem, and then performed a piece called "Olympic Flame", which was specially written for them earlier this year by Matthew Curtis. After the performance, Henry was one of two NCO members interviewed on stage by Jason Donovan and Anna Williamson while the set was prepared for the next act, which was probably the most nerve wracking part of the whole day for Henry (although he didn't show it!).
Henry's final NCO performance will be on Sunday 9th December at 7.30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (tickets available form the Southbank Centre - www.southbankcentre.co.uk or 0844 847 9910).