The Kingdom Choir’s sky-high rehearsal
The Kingdom Choir, who wowed viewers across the globe with their performance at The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, surprised British Airways customers this week with a sky-high performance on route to the Invictus Games in Sydney.
The choir, who performed at the Royal Wedding earlier this year in front of a global audience of almost two billion, headed down under with the airline ahead of their performance at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games this Saturday (October 27) which will once again be in front of the Royal couple.
Customers on board 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 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. British Airways is proud to be the official airline partner of Team UK.
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.”
British Airways flies direct between London and Sydney, with a daily service departing from Heathrow Terminal 5. Return fares start from £710 per person. The airline is investing £4.5 billion pounds for its customers over the next five years, which includes the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft.
Team UK is delivered through a partnership of Help for Heroes, the MOD and The Royal British Legion. The team will compete in 11 sports: Athletics; Archery; Wheelchair Basketball; Cycling; Powerlifting; Indoor Rowing; Wheelchair Rugby; Swimming, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Tennis and a new sport for 2018, Sailing, which will take place in Sydney Harbour. The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 is presented by Jaguar Land Rover.