Organist is joined by security guard to play a moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at the London Bridge Tube Station
An organist in the U.K. played a tribute to Queen Elizabeth at London Bridge station, and she was accompanied by a security guard who was also a trained singer.
Videos shared by Anna Lapwood, the Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and organist at London’s Royal Albert Hall, show the pair performing “Lascia ch’io pianga,” which means “let me weep,” by composer George Frideric Handel on the public organ at the station.
“This was so moving,” Lapwood tweeted alongside the video. “Spontaneously stopped off at the London Bridge station organ to play a couple of pieces for the Queen. This lovely security guard, Marcella, asked if I could play Lascia ch’io pianga. Turns out she trained as a singer!”
After finishing the piece, bystanders applauded the performance. “She got the audience and applause she deserved by the end,” Lapwood wrote. “We ended up doing a whole load of duets and it was pure joy.”
Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96. She ascended to the throne in 1952, making her the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch.
Her eldest son and heir to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is now King Charles III.
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