Breaking News - Jonny Woo assembles Kate Middleton choir
Members of This Kate Middleton Choir Dress Up as the Duchess and We Want to Join
A group of 20 women ranging from 25 to 60-years-old come together once a year, wearing royal blue wrap dresses and shiny brunette wigs, to sing their hearts out.
Collectively, they make up the Kate Middleton choir - a group of women who've all bonded over their love of the Royal family (and of singing, of course). The genius idea for the choir was created by performer Jonny Woo, and the ladies will be performing at his Un-Royal Variety Show (an alternative to the real thing) at the Hackney Empire in east London this weekend (3-4 November).
This year, they're singing a mash up ofLove of the Common Peopleby Paul Young,All That She Wants Is Another Baby, by Ace of Base andBorn This Wayby Lady Gaga.
We see what they did there.
Last year, the medley wasslightlymore varied, with songs includingDon't Chaby the Pussycat Dolls,Independent Womanby Destiny's Child andMy Neck, My Backby Khia...
While the visuals and songs sound like a hoot, the choir was also formed to encourage a thoughtful approach to how Brits regard the Duchess of Cambridge, who was obviously not royal until marriage, as a role model.
"I put the Kate Middleton choir together as a joyful critique of Kate as a role model for women," Jonny toldCosmopolitan. "The choir is all about bringing contemporary women's voices together and singing songs that comment on our relationship with the monarchy today."
He adds: "I do quite like Kate, but dress-wise I would punk her up a little."
Zita Whalley, 36 from London, runs the choir and found all the singers through community arts projects and volunteer choirs.
"The whole idea of the choir is to get it to be as diverse as possible," she toldCosmopolitan.
"With a country that’s so culturally diverse as Britain, is [Kate] representational of the whole gamut of women’s experiences? Last year [within the choir] there was lots of discussion about the personal cost of her being a role model, for example she’s always on her best behaviour. How does that play into female representation and how women are meant to behave?"
Another way in which the choir will be paying homage to the Duchess this year is by switching up their outfitsslightly.In honour of royal baby number three, they will also be sporting baby bumps under their blue 'mock engagement announcement' dresses this year. Amazing.
Video: 'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir - The Royal Wedding - BBC
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