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From Windsor Castle to State High, The Queen’s Six coming to State College

by on October 17, 2019 9:07 AM

STATE COLLEGE — A vocal ensemble that performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle in 2018 will share its talents with Central Pennsylvania when it visits State College Area High School on Oct. 24.

Singing, and their desire to perform in America is what prompted The Queen’s Six to plan the trip, said Simon Whiteley, one of the six performers in the a cappella ensemble.

The group formed on the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I and she was the inspiration behind the ensemble’s name.

The group has been a steady performer in Windsor Castle in England, working together nearly every day. The ensemble’s repertoire spans sacred and secular music from the Middle Ages to present day.

“People will definitely enjoy the diversity of their a cappella music that they will have throughout the performance,” said Dr. Karen Blair of The English Speaking Union of the United States. “There will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

The English Speaking Union of the United States Central Pennsylvania Branch, along with the Student Artist Resident Club, are the people working behind the scenes — and on a shoestring budget — to bring the group from St. George’s Chapel, which is located on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

“This is such an honor and a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to be able to bring The Queen’s Six to the communities in the State College area and beyond,” said Blair.

The Queen’s Six wants to build a relationship with Americans, she said.

“It’s not every day that people from St. George’s Chapel come to sing for folks in small town America,” Blair added.

In addition to its performance, The Queen’s Six will also be hosting a workshop with high school students. This workshop will give students an opportunity to interact with the ensemble, in addition to seeing its performance.

High school students are what many people are calling the future, so exposing them to things like this workshop will help spark their interest and motivate them to do what they love, said Blair.

State College Mayor Donald Hahn plans to declare Oct. 24th “The Queen’s Six Day” in State College Borough.

The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the State College Area School District’s high school auditorium performance hall. Parking is available behind the building.

Tickets are available online, or at the door: $20 for adults; $10 for university students; and $5 for youth. Those seeking more information are encouraged to contact Blair at (814) 237-7033 or via email at [email protected].com.

 

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