Tomorrow, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Fort, Queen Elizabeth can be laid to relaxation. And the Choir of St. George’s Chapel will fill the room with music, because it has at royal occasions for almost 700 years. “The choir was based in 1352, so it is fairly outdated,” stated tenor Nick Madden.
In 2008, he and bass Simon Whiteley determined to kind a sub-group of the choir, to sing music you will not discover in any hymnal. They’re known as the Queen’s Six.
The Queen’s Six performs “Stand By Me”:
The group is called not for the recently-departed Queen Elizabeth I, however her far more historical namesake, Queen Elizabeth I.
“So, you are not going to vary your title to the King’s Six?” requested correspondent David Pogue.
“No, completely not,” stated Whiteley.
He and Madden had observed that the complete chapel choir was usually requested to sing one thing lighter after royal dinners: “The form of traditional Queen’s Six program would begin with possibly three or 4 items of early church music, so from 500 years in the past. We then may sing just a few folks songs. After which, we’ll go into a few Broadway and a few pop songs.”
In the present day’s Queen’s Six consists of Whiteley, Madden, baritone Andrew Thompson, tenor Dominic Bland, alto Lissie Paul, and countertenor Tom Lilburn.
As a part of their compensation, these singers and their households get residences proper in Windsor Fort. Pogue requested, “So, after I meet you at a celebration, you say, ‘I stay in Windsor Fort,’ is that simply the world’s best opening line?”
“Folks simply go, ‘Oh, yeah, superb. Good one. The place do you really stay?'” stated Lilburn. “And you need to go, ‘No, no, it’s actual. I will present you my driving license!'”
Eight occasions per week, they rejoin the complete St. George’s Choir within the historic chapel to sing for the day by day companies, that are open to the general public. Their “workplace” is the chapel the place the Queen can be buried, alongside centuries of different British kings and queens.
“Now we have a few massive hitters, Henry XIII and King Charles I,” stated Madden.
“And we’re speaking in regards to the precise stays are below this spot?” requested Pogue.
“You by no means get used to singing and dealing in a spot like this,” stated Whiteley.
Over time, they’ve sung at all types of historic royal occasions, from Prince Harry’s marriage ceremony, to the funeral of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who died final 12 months.
For a whole bunch of years, solely males sang within the St. George’s Chapel Choir. However final 12 months it admitted ladies for the primary time, and the Queen’s Six adopted swimsuit, by welcoming Lissie Paul. “We knew she was precisely the precise match,” stated Whiteley.
“Normally the upper stuff I will sing,” Paul stated, “after which, yeah, I can do the low stuff, too.”
“That is the explanation she bought the job – she will be able to do every little thing,” Madden stated.
Pogue stated, “There is a cultural query, too. I imply, you are coming right into a bro tradition of its form.”
“We have by no means been known as a ‘bro tradition’ earlier than!” laughed Lilburn.
They’ve carried out for Queen Elizabeth. “And it was an unlimited pleasure to take action,” Whiteley stated.
“Is there some concern about, ‘You might be representatives of the royalty’?” requested Pogue.
“We take all of it very critically,” Madden replied, “and the duty we really feel for it, in addition to having enjoyable with it, as a result of we have all bought sense of humors.”
“Yeah, a few of them higher than others,” laughed Lilburn.
In February, the Queen’s Six will launch a brand new pop album, and carry out stay at New York Metropolis’s City Corridor.
Madden stated, “It is a vocation, and it is a way of life, moderately than a 9-to-5 job. I imply, we do it as a result of we adore it, and we get achievement from it, both spiritually or musically, or all of the above!”
On the event of our go to this summer time, the Queen’s Six supplied a particular deal with: the world premiere efficiency of the “Sunday Morning” theme, “Abblasen,” organized for voice by David Pogue:
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Story produced by Mikaela Burano. Editor: Emanuele Secci.
You may stream the Queen’s Six album “From Windsor With Love” by clicking on the embed under (Free Spotify registration required to listen to the tracks in full):