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Musician from Newlyn pens Royal melody to celebrate birth of Prince George

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 15, 2013

By Josh Barrie

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A MUSICIAN from Newlyn has penned a melody to commemorate the birth of the royal baby.

Organist John Hosking was inspired to write the piece, entitled A Royal Blessing, following Prince George's arrival last month.

Mr Hosking, who grew up in the town and went to Mount's Bay school and Penwith College, has been involved in music since a young age – performing at Newlyn's St Peter's Church from the age of 14.

He said he thought the frenzy around the birth was incredible, and wanted to create a gentle tune to pay tribute.

"I was inspired to write it at the time as there was so much hype in the news," he said. "I just wanted to write something that was quite calm and reflective.

"I wanted to put things in perspective."

Mr Hosking is now an assistant organist at the Cathedral in Wales' newest city St Asaph.

The team there sent his composition to the Duke of Cambridge in the hope of recognition after it was recorded.

Having spent time working at Westminster Abbey, Mr Hosking said he feels a strong connection to the monarchy.

"It would be nice if they listened to it and I heard back from them," he said. "I was there [Westminster] for three years so I have a soft spot for that kind of thing."

Although Mr Hosking has now moved away, he often visits the county to perform, most recently at Penzance Catholic Church.

He has also held a position for a second stint in his home port at St Peter's, and was at Truro Cathedral for a time after graduating from the Royal College of Music in London.

Mr Hosking has a CD of his work coming out next year.

To hear the song go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7_8CjwKG2I&feature= youtube

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