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The Big Jubilee Sing: 70 Years of Songs


Chiswick church and pub to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in song

St Michael & All Angels Church and The Tabard pub invite Chiswick residents to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June by singing some of the best-loved songs of her reign.

‘The Big Jubilee Sing: 70 Years of Songs’ will take place on the afternoon of Saturday June 4th 2022. Because of weather fears, we will hold it in the church and not on the piazza and lawn outside St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall (right). Singers will be provided with song sheets and there will be a band and an outdoor bar. It has been scheduled to run from 4.30 to 5.45pm so as not to clash with any ‘Big Lunch’ street parties taking place on the Jubilee weekend.

Thanks for helping us choose the songs!

See the suggestions made so far, decade by decade.

Fr Kevin Morris, the vicar of St Michael & All Angels, and John Higginson, landlord of The Tabard, said:
“We’re inviting everyone to sing some of the most popular songs of the Queen’s reign, from the 1950s to the 2020s. And we hope lots of people will help us choose which ones to sing!”

The last time St Michael’s and The Tabard came together for a royal event was in 2011 for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Over 40 couples took part in a service reaffirming their wedding vows, followed by drinks at the Tabard. Ten of the couples had been married for over 40 years, and seven for over 20 – helping celebrate more than 800 years of marriage in total (picture bottom right)

The Arts & Crafts church and pub face each other on Bath Road W4, two minutes’ walk from Turnham Green tube station. They were designed in the late 1870s by the influential architect Richard Norman Shaw, as focal points of Bedford Park, the world’s first garden suburb.

Both buildings were praised by John Betjeman, who was the first patron of the Bedford Park Society. You can read more about the history of the area here – and here.

The Tabard is a Greene King pub. Read more.