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Their performance of Stand By Me at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wowed a global television audience of two billion people.

Now The Kingdom Choir is seeking young singers to stand by them when their 18-date UK tour reaches Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 7th May.

Children’s and youth choirs from across Manchester are being given the opportunity to share the stage and perform alongside the gospel singers who became a household name after their star turn during the ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, last May.

Karen Gibson, conductor of The Kingdom Choir, said: “Being part of the royal wedding was such an honour and we were delighted to be part of such a prestigious national day of celebration.

“As we tour the UK in 2019, we can’t wait to meet people across the country – especially young singers.

“Last year was like an un-dreamt dream – one that you wouldn’t even consider, because you never thought it could happen to you. We want to share our experience and dreams, and hopefully inspire a new generation of singers.”

To be in with a chance of performing with The Kingdom Choir, choirs with over 30 children must send a YouTube link to one of their performances and complete an application form.

Following the royal wedding performance, The Kingdom Choir made high profile appearances across UK TV networks as well as closing the Invictus Games in Sydney in October.

The choir has also released its debut album Stand By Me via Sony, which features the title track as performed at the royal wedding, as well as versions of Beyoncé’s Halo, John Legend’s All Of Me and Stormzy’s Blinded By Your Grace Part 2. It also includes original track Chases, written by members of The Kingdom Choir.

The choir consists of seasoned male and female vocalists, chosen for their high-quality delivery of choral meets gospel. They’ve been featured in the film Tube Tales, the TV series Maisie Raine, an Orange advert, and alongside the BBC Philharmonic for the Radio 4 Easter Sunday Worship.

The choir’s rendition of Stand By Me went straight in at number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs Chart after the wedding and received more than 10 million views on YouTube.

The choir was founded in 1994 London by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson. The singers, from in and around London, draw from various Christian traditions and are dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performance.

Prior to performing in front of almost two billion people at the royal wedding, the largest audience The Kingdom Choir had performed in front of was just 200 people.

The Manchester show is the fifth on the UK tour, which begins in Sheffield on 3rd April.

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