An Australian singer performed a key function in the course of the funeral of Prince Philip because the royal household mourned the lack of the UK’s longest-serving consort.
- The choir for Prince Philip’s funeral had simply 4 singers, as COVID-19 restrictions restricted the variety of individuals allowed within the chapel
- Australian Soprano Miriam Allan was one of many singers, becoming a member of three of St George’s Chapel’s common singers
- Born in Newcastle, Ms Allen has travelled the world performing in choirs and operas
Australian soprano Miriam Allan was one in every of 4 choir members in St George’s chapel, a part of the scaled-down service broadcast reside on tv.
The service for the late duke had simply 30 company — due to the UK’s COVID-19 restrictions — with the highest-ranking members of the royal household in attendance.
Restrictions meant the choir additionally needed to be scaled again considerably.
St George’s Chapel has dozens of singers who often carry out throughout providers.
However solely 4 had been allowed for the funeral on Saturday.
Three members of the choir had been half of a bunch often called the Queen’s Six — Tom Liliburn, Nick Madden and Simon Whiteley.
The Queen’s Six, established in 2008, make up half of the Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel.
Lay Clerks are singers employed to sing on the cathedral. St George’s Chapel has 12 Lay Clerks.
The fourth member of the choir for Prince Philip’s funeral was Ms Allan, a soprano from Newcastle.
She has been primarily based in England since 2003, and is married to Richard Bannan, one other Lay Clerk of St George’s Chapel.
Ms Allen has toured world wide performing in choirs and operas.
She has carried out for a number of of the world’s largest opera firms, together with Opéra Comique, Glyndebourne Competition Opera and Pinchgut Opera.
The choir sang hymns in the course of the service, in addition to the nationwide anthem.
The hymn, The Jubilate, in addition to the singing of Psalm 104, had been on the request of Prince Philip.