Royal Visit to Winnipeg
Yesterday I had the wonderful honour of being in the presence of and playing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for the second time.
She was visiting Winnipeg to lay the corner stone of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
There was a great concert put on for her that featured The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Chic Gamine, Chantal Kreviazuk, and then I played the Pomp & Circumstance for her exit with the WSO.
After that I got to kick off the evening concert performing "Possibility" backed up by the symphony, and then continued on with The Warriors Lament, I Can See, and a great medley of fiddle tunes (to which the whole crowd danced away in the pouring rain! woohoo!) with my fabulous guitar player, Ariel Posen.
Having the chance to meet Her Majesty again was a great honour, especially in my home town. I got to speak with her for a moment after Kevin Walters (who was doing the introductions) reminded her that I played The Warriors Lament on violin atop the monument at the 90th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge...she said "well that must have been wonderfully terrifying for you standing all the way up there by yourself!"
She addressed the crowd with a wonderful speech on Human Rights, poised and articulate and really having something important to say as always.
Now it really would be too much to ask to meet her a THIRD time :) hehe