Due to the global pandemic and instead of having a big traditional annual reception, the British Embassy in Belgrade she marked the Queen’s official birthday with a gala concert by the Countess of Wessex String Orchestra.
The British ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Sian McLeod, she hosted the concert, on Monday, June 7, at 5:30 PM, at the British Embassy in Belgrade, in front of a limited number of guests and with adherence to all epidemiological measures. Harpist Zora Djordjević, a final year student of the Stanković Music School in Belgrade she also gived a short performance at this outdoor concert. The British Embassy and several British companies have joined forces in a fundraising campaign to buy a new harp for this educational institution.
The Countess of Wessex String Orchestra was founded in 2014, under the auspices of the Royal Military Music Corps, and in honour of the long-standing string orchestra tradition that exists in the British Army.
The conductor, Captain Sarah Marinescu and her orchestra perform a wide variety of music, from classical to film and pop, as well as at numerous royal ceremonies, state banquets, etc., in the United Kingdom and abroad. The orchestra is based at the Woolledge Royal Artillery Barracks in London.
During their stay in Belgrade, the orchestra will give two more performances, including a joint concert with their peers from the Stanislav Binički Artistic Ensemble of the Serbian Ministry of Defence.
Photo by Boško Karanović