Two Bucklebury musicians have composed a song, inspired by the King’s ‘desire for inclusivity and diversity’, to celebrate the coronation this summer.

Daniel and Sandra Nicholls, a couple from Bucklebury, have written ‘Defender Of Us All’ and want the nation to sing it, simultaneously, at 11am on Friday, May 5.

The duo have been teaching music and music theory in Bucklebury for nearly 40 years, including giving piano lessons to the Middleton’s. 

The Princess of Wales commented on the new song, calling it ‘fantastic’.

The couple and Bradfield Primary School students performed the song on BBC Breakfast, sharing the idea to bring the nation together.

Daniel Nicholls said: “It was absolutely fantastic to go into Bradfield primary school and share the song with the children which they had already been taught perfectly by Miss Howlett. They were amazingly enthusiastic and knew a lot about the forthcoming coronation! It was a real privilege to hear young people singing with so much joy and in these times when people say that music in state schools is not good it was immensely refreshing to hear such quality singing from a small village primary school. Well done Miss Howlett!

“The song is easy to sing, catchy and (most importantly, as our gift to the Nation), available to everyone free of charge! Many have described it as the New National Anthem!”

Pippa Middleton has also listened, adding: “It is very uplifting and the words very apt. How wonderful and clever to put something together like this.”

The aim is to have school’s across the UK sing ‘Defender Of Us All’ at 11am on May 5, to produce a video collage of the nation singing together.

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