King’s Rochester – A Moving Royal Performance By Edward At Mansion House

11 Jan 2018

There was no rest for Young Chorister of the Year 2016, Edward Hyde over the October half term, after completing his final performance in David McVicar’s production of Die Zaberflote at the Royal Opera House just the week before, Edward gave a “a moving and impressive performance” for The Friends of Cathedral Music at Mansion House.

Edward who is in Year 9 at King’s Rochester, was given the honour of being invited to perform at a fundraising Gala event for The Friends of Cathedral Music held in the magnificent splendour of Mansion House and hosted by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and the Lord Mayor of London.

Edward who is also an ambassador for the Diamond Fund for Choristers was invited to sing a specially arranged version of John Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing arranged for him by John Rutter CBE himself.

The prestigious event was in aid of raising funds and awareness for the importance of maintaining the tradition of Choral Music within this country for future generations. Amongst those present at the sold out event were international soprano Dame Felicity Lott, Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, composer Roxanna Panufnik, Dr Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at Kings College Cambridge, Countess of Limmerick, Baroness Neville – Rolfe, Baroness Perry, actor Simon Beale and His Honour Judge The Lord Meston QC to list just a few.

The evening was a great success and the Friends of Cathedral Music and guests were impressed with Edward’s professionalism.

Edward received many congratulatory comments during the evening including “an immense credit to both Rochester Cathedral and King’s School Rochester,” as well as receiving a personal message from John Rutter congratulating him on his performance.

Photo:  Edward being introduced to HRH Duchess of Gloucester by The Lord Mayor of London