An Aberdeen university choir will be rubbing shoulders with world-famous musicians at a prestigious charity concert.
Aberdeen University’s chapel choir will sing alongside headline performer Sheryl Crow at the 2018 Unicef Snowflake Ball in New York on Tuesday November 27.
The gala celebrates the work Unicef does in helping children as well as raising awareness of the issues they combat.
This year’s event will also see the George Harrison Humanitarian Award presented to Sir Ringo Starr.
As part of the tribute, the choir – led by royal wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor – will join singer Sheryl Crow for a rendition of The Beatles song Here Comes the Sun.
Professor Mealor said the occasion was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for the choir.
He said: “Our students are incredibly talented and the chapel choir is gaining a reputation for the quality of its performances around the world.
“We have been lucky enough to entertain Her Majesty the Queen at the Scottish residence, Balmoral, but to be part of an event as spectacular as the Snowflake Ball – and to perform alongside an artist of the calibre of Sheryl Crow – is truly amazing.
“Better still, we will be helping to contribute to raising funds to support the great work that Unicef does around the world. We are indebted to a number of wonderful donors who enable us to travel extensively both in the UK and overseas – indeed this tour could not have happened without their amazing generosity.”
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Professor Mealor achieved global success when his work Ubi Caritas was selected for the 2013 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
His piece Wherever You Are, written for the Military Wives Choir, also reached the number one spot in the UK’s mainstream charts.
However, he has said that leading the university choir, his role for the last 10 years, is still his greatest honour.
He said: “The University of Aberdeen has a tradition in choral music stretching back to its foundation more than 500 years ago. It will give me immense pride to be able to showcase how we have built upon that legacy to produce a versatile vocal group as comfortable performing popular music as it is liturgical music.
“We hope that guests at the Snowflake Ball – and especially Sir Ringo Starr – will enjoy our special Beatles arrangement and the new twist the voices of the University of Aberdeen’s chapel choir can bring to these wonderful songs.”
Ross Cumming, who has been a choir member for four years and is in his final year studying music at the university, said: “It is an honour to be representing the University of Aberdeen at such a prestigious event in New York City.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform and share the stage with such accomplished musicians and raise funds for Unicef.”