Transatlantic Music Week 2020.

Our inaugural Transatlantic Music Week debuts an eclectic mix of musical delights on board Queen Mary 2.

October 23 - 30, 2020, Queen Mary 2.

For one spectacular week, an eclectic mix of musical delights - from rock to jazz and gospel to opera - will fill Queen Mary 2's entertainment venues.

Guest performers include Grammy Award winner Midge Ure, gospel sensation The Kingdom Choir, singers from English National Opera, Broadway stars Faith Prince and Seth Rudetsky, and classical cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

Expect spectacular performances in the Royal Court Theatre, afternoon recitals, and evening jazz in the Carinthia Lounge, courtesy of our house band and special guest Georgina Jackson, trumpet player and vocalist for the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

Workshops and Q&As with the stars of Transatlantic Music Week will provide an insightful behind the scenes look into the world of music.

Special guests on board.

Midge Ure.

Over a music career spanning more than four decades, Midge Ure has received Ivor Novello, Grammy and BASCAP awards, and a multitude of gold and platinum records. He co-wrote and produced the Band Aid song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Bob Geldof in 1984. In 2005, he was awarded an OBE for his services to music and charity. Known worldwide as an extraordinary entertainer, Midge is also a fascinating speaker.

Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber with Pam Chowhan.

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber is the Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. Widely regarded as one of the finest musicians of his generation and described by Strad magazine as ‘the doyen of British cellists’, Julian has enjoyed one of the most creative and successful careers in classical music today. On this special music themed crossing, Julian will participate in insightful talks and Q&As, as well as narrating an evening with fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan. The duo will perform works including Bach’s Prelude No. 1 for Cello, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Music of the Night, and music by William Lloyd Webber, Philip Glass and Rachmaninov.

The Kingdom Choir.

The Kingdom Choir was founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson. The group of singers from in and around London draw from various Christian traditions and are dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performance.

Following their show-stopping performance at the Royal Wedding in 2018, The Kingdom Choir signed a record deal with Sony Music UK and released their debut album 'Stand By Me' later that year. Showcasing the pure joy and spirituality of their sound, the album went to number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs Chart. Since then the choir have performed sold-out shows around the UK and USA.

Faith Prince.

Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as “Ms. Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls. She also starred as “Miss Hannigan” in the Broadway revival of Annie. Her other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing, Nick & Nora, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Little Me, The Dead, and Noises Off. She most recently starred on Broadway in Disaster! The musical.

Faith is a familiar face on television, with recurring roles on Modern Family, Melissa & Joey and Drop Dead Diva as well as a host of other credits including Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, House, and Law and Order. Film credits include Our Very Own, Picture Perfect, Dave, and My Father the Hero.

Seth Rudetsky.

Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway and a regular columnist for Playbill. An accomplished pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera. Seth co-starred in the Broadway musical Disaster!, which he co-wrote with Jack Plotnick and which has played all across North America.

He was the artistic producer/music director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts, including Dreamgirls and Hair. He has written several books about Broadway including Seth’s Broadway Diary volumes 1-3 as well as two young adult books published by Random House. On television, his writing credits include The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

English National Opera.

English National Opera exists for everyone, creating new experiences with opera that inspire, nurture creativity and make a difference. Performances are sung in English, as they believe it enhances the emotional connection between performers and audiences. Three singers from English National Opera will join this voyage; there will be opportunities to get involved in singing workshops and even have the chance to perform yourself alongside the UK's best opera singers.

Georgina Jackson.

Georgina's lifelong passion for jazz and Big Band music led to a career playing the trumpet for artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jnr, Gladys Knight, Al Martino, Seal, and The Four Tops, and in West End shows. Having sung in and led bands of various sizes over the years, Georgina decided to switch her focus to singing. Her first single Change Partners climbed to number 8 in the UK Jazz Chart. The critical success of the following album helped Georgina to land her dream job as resident singer with Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. Her second album Watch What Happens spent weeks in the Jazz Top ten chart and received rave reviews. Georgina now works as a cabaret artiste, performing her stunning trumpet/vocal shows on the world's most prestigious cruise lines.

Bands of the Guards Division.

The Bands of the Guards Division have been synonymous with musical excellence for 330 years and have taken their music around the globe. With their scarlet tunics and bearskin caps, they form one of the great iconic images of Great Britain. The bands provide the musical support for all major ceremonial events in London and at Windsor, including the Changing of the Guard and The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Color). A brass quintet from the Guards Division will feature during Transatlantic Music Week.

Jamie Hayes.

Jamie Hayes is a freelance opera/musical director who has spent many years working in the UK and around the world on new opera and musical productions. These include Faust and Les Pêcheurs de Perles; Victoria State Opera, Melbourne, Carman, Macbeth, La Traviata, Tosca, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, La Bohème; Icelandic National Opera, Reykjavik, and the National Opera of Malta. His work on musicals includes a stint as associate director to Nicholas Hytner on the original production of Miss Saigon in the West End and Broadway.