Feature: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Royal Academy of Music & Trinity Choir

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When I read this in  Rolling Stone I was intrigued and hied me off to YouTube as fast as I could:

Queen are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal track "Bohemian Rhapsody" with reinterpretations of the song performed by the Trinity Boys Choir and a string quartet comprising students from the Royal Academy of Music.

Unsurprisingly, the operatic rock opus makes fitting fodder for the Trinity choir. The group’s deft harmonies shine as they maneuver through the meticulous vocal interplay of the song’s famous midsection before nailing the final, lofty, "For me!"

The Behn Quartet’s rendition is equally impressive, especially for an instrumental interpretation of a song rooted in Freddie Mercury’s astonishing vocals. Arranged by Royal Academy of Music composition alum Charlie Piper, the quartet — which features final year students Kate Oswin, Alicia Berendse, Lydia Abell and Ghislaine McMullin — channels Mercury’s playfulness and melodrama into a sweeping performance as grand as the original.

Read in full: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/queen-post-bohemian-rhapsody-covers-by-choir-string-quartet-20151222#ixzz3yG21xfCY

If ever there’s a song that deserves its iconic status Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is surely it, it’s a superbly written piece of music, that tells a story and uses many musical techniques that greatly enhanced Queen’s a capella singing. It’s no wonder that there are so many cover versions of it. Both the choral and string quartet versions that you’ll find below are superb and borh are superbly performed. Both, perhaps, are quite a bit different to what you’re expecting. They’re accompanied by videos in which boys of the Trinity School Choir and the young women of the Behn Quartet and Charlie piper discuss the song and their performances of it. Enjoy  :-).

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Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Trinity Boys Choir (Interviews)

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Trinity Boys Choir (Full Performance)

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Royal Academy of Music Quartet (Interviews)

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Royal Academy of Music Quartet (Full Performance)

Royal Academy of Music:

  • Charlie Piper – Academy Composition Alumnus
  • Kate Oswin – violin, Behn Quartet
  • Alicia Berendse – violin, Behn Quartet
  • Lydia Abell – viola, Behn Quartet
  • Ghislaine McMullin – cello, Behn Quartet

Video Sources :

  1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Trinity Boys Choir (Interviews) – YouTube. Published on Dec 22, 2015 by Queen Official.
  2. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Trinity Boys Choir (Full Performance) – YouTube. Published on Dec 17, 2015 by Queen Official.
  3. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Royal Academy of Music Quartet (Interviews) – YouTube. Published on Dec 22, 2015 by Queen Official.
  4. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Reinterpreted – Royal Academy of Music Quartet (Full Performance) – YouTube. Published on Dec 17, 2015 by Queen Official.

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