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

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January 31, 2016

Queen B&W

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  :-).

mfi

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Out of the Blue – Better Together – Jack Johnson | Vulture Sessions Oxford

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October 29, 2015

Out of the Blue, Oxford's most well-known a capella group, live in session in the Taylorian Library with Jack Johnson's classic, 'Better Together'.
Arrangement: Bobby Goulder (OOTB alumnus 2012-14)
Performers (in soloist order): Charlie Hicks, Joel Fishel, Roshan Forouhi, Will Northcott, and Ollie Nicholls

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Wednesday Earwig: Birmingham Boys Choir – Do Wah Diddy

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October 7, 2015

It's been a while since I posted anything from this very good boys choir from Birmingham, Alabama – how about an earwig? This is their rendition of  Do Wah Diddy from four years ago the soloist was Skipper Stradtman. Very nice voice I think you'll agree I hope he's continued to sing. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Monday Earwig: From Russia with Love – Voces8

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September 14, 2015

voces8

How about an earwig to start the week? Here's Voces8 singing "From Russia with Love" a capella. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Africa and Rainstorm by the Kearsney College Choir – YouTube

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August 22, 2015

I keep on meaning to post this. If you know the performance by Perpetuum Jazzile and are wondering where they got it from it was the boys of South Africa's, Kearsney College Choir who first came up with the idea. So here you go - the original. The soloist is the inimitable Stefan Grobler. Enjoy :-)
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