VIRAL VIDEO: Impromptu Performance With Acclaimed Organist And Security Guard In Honor Of The Queen

Written by K. Walker on September 12, 2022

Become a Clash Insider!

Don’t let Big Tech pre-chew your news. Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Would this duo have performed together under any other circumstance?

The death of the beloved monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has brought united many Britons in their grief. She was adored by so many from every stratum of society.

Queen Elizabeth II Dies Peacefully After Historic 70-Year Reign

Anna Lapwood is the Director of Music at Pembroke College. She is a renowned organist, conductor, and broadcaster.

She posted on social media that she spontaneously stopped at London Bridge Station’s pipe organ on Sunday to “play a couple of pieces for the Queen.”

As she was playing, a security guard, Marcella, came up to her and requested that she play the Italian soprano aria Lascia ch’io pianga“Let Me Weep” in English — written by George Frideric Handel in the early 1700s, which has become a very popular concert piece.

It turns out that Marcella was a trained operatic singer and joined Lapwood in creating a spontaneous and beautiful tribute to the late Queen.

While Lapwood’s video didn’t capture Marcella very well in the video because the impromptu song was so unexpected and she hadn’t adjusted her camera, a couple of passers-by managed to grab video of the pair from behind and share it on social media.

This sort of thing just shows you that you never know what hidden talents are among the people working security, waiting tables, fixing your car, driving trucks, or any other blue-collar job.

This heartfelt tribute is a perfect example of that.

The Queen’s passing inspired these two women to create something beautiful in a moment of deep sorrow.


Biblical Badasses: The Women

In Doug Giles’ latest book, Biblical Badasses: The Women, Giles spotlights ten epic ladies who did awesome things for God with the odds severely stacked against them. These girls weren’t your typical church ladies. They were holy movers and shakers who upset hell with their God-honoring, faith-filled, lives. Giles’ unique take on these terrific women makes the scripture come alive. This book is real, raw, relevant, and irreverent. Giles’ prayer is that after reading, Biblical Badasses: The Women, not only will your noggin be filled with these amazing tales of high and lows from real women who rocked in a hard place, via the power of God, but that you will get off your butt, quit pursuing stupidity, start chasing down your high calling and at the end of your life, you too, like the holy femme fatales featured herein, will have left a massive scar on Satan’s haggard backside.

Get your copy of Biblical Badasses: The Women today!

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker