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Last year's winner of 'BBC Young Musician of the Year' is to play in a concert in October in aid of the One World Trust, prompting a witness outside the event by Christian Voice.

13-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor will play Chopin's Piano Concerto No2 under the baton of conductor Owain Arwel Hughes, in a programme which begins with Rossini's 'William Tell' Overture and concludes with Holst's 'The Planets'.   The other musicians are the Royal Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  The presence of two groups of musicians bearing the royal title is particularly ironic, as is the venue, since the One World Trust campaigns for the European Union and for world government, in both of which Her Majesty the Queen is relegated to the status of a mere citizen.

The concert, held to mark the 60th birthday of the United Nations, will be held in the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 20th October beginning at 7.30 pm.  (The UN Charter was signed on 26th June actually founded on 24th October 1945.)  Tickets cost between £10.00 and£37.50, although the One World Trust hardly needs the money, being financed by a clutch of wealthy trusts.  Blurb for the event describes the UN as "the best hope for world peace."  The United Nations is in reality a by-word for corruption and globalist ambition.  Its officers long to be in charge of the world, and environmental, educational and health programmes are used to move forward its agenda.  New Age groups like Findhorn and Lucis are accredited UN NGOs.  The UN is desperate to be financially independent of national governments.  Meetings of its friends in the powerful Bilderberg Group of politicians, industrialists and bankers are constantly plotting how to introduce a global tax on oil to make the UN self-financing.

Curiously, and solely by the grace of Almighty God, the music chosen to celebrate 60 years of globalism and promote one-world government has an embarrassingly nationalistic flavour.  A populist programme has deliberately been chosen to encourage the punters to turn up and pay their money, with scant attention being paid to the historical or political context of the music.  Who, after all, would pay good money to sit through Beethoven's 9th just to hear the European Anthem 'Ode to Joy'?  'The Planets' is the nearest to a 'New Age' piece on the night, but even that has been chosen for its popularity and the simple fact that it is a regular Hughes / RPO potboiler.  The Rossini is always in the RPO folder and the F minor concerto has been picked as a vehicle for Chopin prodigy Ben Grosvenor to show off.

Frederic Chopin, although born of a French father in 1810, was a passionate advocate of Polish independence.  During his short life, his native land was part of the Russian Empire.  Polish folk songs figure strongly in his works.  His Piano Concerto No 2 in F Minor was written in 1830, the year in which an uprising in Warsaw was brutally crushed.  Paradoxically, that was the year in which Chopin left Poland on a tour, never to return, because of his refusal to apply to the Russian Embassy for a passport.  Chopin lived the rest of his life in Paris and died of tuberculosis in 1849.  He is buried in Paris, although his heart was taken back home to Warsaw and buried there on his instructions.  Poland was finally freed in 1918, only to be annexed by Hitler in 1939 and subsumed into the Soviet Union in 1945.  Chopin's anger and dismay at his native land being swallowed up by the European Union after another all-too-brief spell of independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union can only be imagined.

Gustav Holst's orchestral suite 'The Planets' will entertain the audience after the interval. Despite his Swedish name, Holst is an English composer, who was born in Cheltenham in 1874 and lived much of his life in Essex and London.  'The Planets' is the product of an interest in astrology brought about by his friendship with Clifford Bax, brother of composer Arnold Bax.  Written during the war years of 1914-1916, its two best-known movements are the frightening 'Mars - the Bringer of War' and 'Jupiter - the Bringer of Jollity.'  It remains to be seen whether the Royal Albert Hall, the scene of the annual outpouring of patriotic fervour during the Last Night of the Proms on 10th September, will resound to the vocal strains of "I vow to thee my country" (1) during the slow bit in 'Jupiter.'  Such a rendition would 'stick it to The Man' (2) in no uncertain terms.

In a spectacular own goal for the globalisers, Rossini's overture 'William Tell' opens proceedings.  Wilhelm Tell was the legendary 13th-century Swiss hero who, as the story has it, carried out the feat of shooting an apple from off his son's head on the order of Habsburg tyrant Hermann Gessler.  Tell subsequently united and then liberated his country from the Austrian oppressors.  It is said that Nazi knowledge that the whole population of Switzerland was armed and their terror of Swiss marksmanship kept the land-locked country safe during the reign in Germany of another Austrian despot (Adolph Hitler was Austrian).

Independence from globalist bodies is the policy of Switzerland to this day, and William Tell has come to symbolize "the struggle for individual and political freedom", as Adam Young puts it in an article on .  Young writes: "During World War II, the image of William Tell hardened Swiss resolve to resist domination by Nazi Germany, and contributed to Switzerland's self-imposed exclusion from the United Nations and the European Union.  Did William Tell exist? Maybe not. But the principle his legend embodies - the resistance of free men to tyranny - will always exist."


(From Modern History Sourcebook on

The lyrics were written January 12, 1918 by Cecil Spring-Rice (1859-1918). The music from Gustav Holst (1874-1934) Planets Suite (the hymn from Jupiter). In its hymn form it is known as Thaxted. The hymn was first performed in September 1918. Famous as Princess Diana's favourite hymn, it was sung at her wedding and funeral. It had long been a staple of British school assemblies.

I VOW to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love:
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.

(2) 'Stick it to The Man'. 
Expression coined or at least made famous by Jack Black in the 2003 film 'School of Rock'.  'The man' is the unseen hand which controls our lives.  He can be in the White House or Downing Street, he can be Monsanto or MTV, he is certainly David Rockefeller and his Bilderbergers but he can be merely some local official issuing an unjust order or (we might say) filling children's hands with contraceptives.  "The world is run by The Man" says Black's character Dewey in the film, in an echo of Benjamin's Disraeli's words in his novel Conningsby, published in 1844: "The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."