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Harry & Meghan were ‘super down to earth’ with gospel choir at wedding – kept it ‘simple’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in 2018 made headlines for the inclusive setlist of music that was played. As well as having the orchestra at St George’s Chapel perform the usual classics by Bach and Handel, they also had a gospel choir perform ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King. The performance was arranged by celebrity vocal coach Mark De Lisser, who has worked with talent such as Ariana Grande.

 

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in 2018 made headlines for the inclusive setlist of music that was played. As well as having the orchestra at St George’s Chapel perform the usual classics by Bach and Handel, they also had a gospel choir perform ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King. The performance was arranged by celebrity vocal coach Mark De Lisser, who has worked with talent such as Ariana Grande.

Mark is also the founder of Singology choir, a London based community choir.

He said: “We were asked recently to sing for the Queen’s speech at the back end of last year.

“The choir had been away for what felt like years, even though it was only 18 months or maybe 20 months through the pandemic and we weren’t able to meet in person.

“Then in September we got back in the room and it wasn’t more than eight weeks before I was telling them that we’ve been invited to sing for the Queen! Their faces were in total shock like this isn’t going to happen.

“We’re a community choir and we had only been together for a couple of years, and now we were going to sing for the Queen in front of nine million people!

“It was a fitting way to end coming out of the pandemic to be asked to do that and to do something that is so iconic that’s been going for so many years now.

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“Especially for people who wouldn’t think ever in their life that they would be on TV let alone be watched by 9 million people.

“Even myself at the beginning, when the Palace called, I said ‘It is a community choir you want?’ Because I get these calls all the time and they’re generally asking for a professional choir.

“But they said ‘No, it’s a community choir we want. They wanted the voice of the people in this country.

“None of the people in the choir are full-time singers, none of them have a career in music. They’re all from different professions right the way across the board and it meant that we were the first ever in the history of the Queen’s speech, the first ever community choir to sing for the speech.

“That is a great accolade for people who just joined to sing on a Tuesday night! There were some people there who had only been there a week!

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