Dereham opera star would be honoured to perform at royal wedding

A Norfolk opera star last night said he and his fellow Blake band mates had not been 'officially asked' to perform at next year's royal wedding – but added 'who knows?'.

Rumours have been circulating that the classical Brit award winners had been chosen to sing at the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

But Norfolk singer and one quarter of the group, Humphrey Berney, who was brought up in Hockering, near Dereham, insisted no plans had yet been made.

'Of course, if we were to be asked or it were to be confirmed, we would be honoured but we haven't been officially asked at all and we wouldn't presume we would perform,' he said.

'We're lucky enough that through our work, particularly with the Prince's Trust, we have met Prince William and Kate and performed for them. But it's not something that's been officially offered to us.'


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Mr Berney, who went to Taverham Hall School, near Norwich, said he could see why the quartet would have been linked with a performance at the wedding.

Just this year Blake have been invited to perform at Buckingham Palace twice and have previously sung for the Queen at the Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance.

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Next month they will renew their royal link with an appearance at the Prince's Trust concert of Christmas Classics with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr Berney's band mate Jules Knight also went to St Andrew's University with the royal couple, where all three studied the history of art.

The group, which also includes Ollie Baines and Stephen Bowman, is busy, having begun the An Evening With Blake tour in September.

Mr Berney said he expected the royal couple would also be rushed off their feet and would not be thinking about wedding music for a while.

He said: 'I think putting on a royal wedding takes quite a lot of planning and preparation so I think if it did happen it would be quite later in the year.

'But who knows? We're delighted for them. It's very exciting and if we were to get that phone call we would be honoured to be part of one of the biggest national events for many years.'

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