Prince Charles commissions garden music

April 10, 2010 at 10:38 AM
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LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- Patrick Hawes, one of Britain's leading composers, has completed the four-movement Highgrove Suite, inspired by the gardens at Prince Charles's country home.

The work was commissioned by the prince and grew from a one-movement piece for harp titled "Goddess of the Woods," which had its premiere at the prince's 60th birthday in 2008, The Daily Telegraph reports. Claire Jones, the royal harpist, and the Philharmonia Orchestra will premier the suite this summer at a Highgrove concert to benefit The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Prince Charles, an advocate of locally grown and organic food, has spent 30 years developing the gardens at Highgrove near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. His Islamic Carpet Garden won a medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2008, and Highgrove also has a wildflower meadow and kitchen garden.

Hawes has written a variety of works from opera and a requiem to a movie soundtrack and "Hearts of England," the song of the 2008 England Rugby World Cup team.

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