Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Closer to heaven when you stand by me at 35,000 feet.

It could be argued that recently The Kingdom Choir, who wowed viewers across the globe with their performance at The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, performed even closer to heaven when they surprised British Airways customers this week with mid-flight song.

The choir, who performed at the Royal Wedding earlier this year in front of a global audience of almost two billion, headed down under to Sydney with BA ahead of their performance at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games this Saturday, October 27th, which will once again be in front of the Royal couple.

Passengers on the flight to Australia smiled as members of the choir stood up and slowly joined together to sing ‘Stand by Me’, the song that won them fans around the world, in a rehearsal at 35,000 feet. 

Watch their sky-high rehearsal here. 

The surprise performance follows a special heroes’ send-off at Heathrow last week for the UK’s Invictus Games squad, a 72-strong group of wounded, injured and sick serving military personnel and veterans. 

Kelisha Tuck, from The Kingdom Choir, said: “It was great fun that our last rehearsal before such a special performance took place on the British Airways flight. We’ve never performed in the air before, so it was a great way to warm up the vocal chords and we hope we entertained our fellow flyers for a few minutes on the very long flight to Sydney! We love what the Invictus Games stand for and it’s such a privilege to be able to honour the men and women competing.”

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We’re so proud to have flown our British heroes out to represent us at the Invictus Games, and when we found out the Kingdom Choir would be following in their footsteps a few days later we decided we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to treat our customers to a really special and intimate performance at 35,000 feet.”