The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and British classical quartet Amore will team up to perform the traditional FA Cup Final hymn ‘Abide with Me’ at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May.
Amore’s four young vocalists - tenor David Webb, soprano Monica McGhee, baritone Peter Braithwaite and mezzo soprano Victoria Gray - will also perform the national anthem shortly before kick-off.
From graduating from the Royal College of Music and landing a recording contract with Warner Bros, Amore went on to perform at the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant last year.
Despite their long friendship, their sessions with the experienced Grammy award-winning producer Simon Franglen represented the first time the quartet had recorded together. The result was ‘Stand Together’, the album which collated their revitalised interpretations of operatic favourites, classical hymns and music by John Barry and Ennio Morricone.
2013 has already seen them performing to Royalty again when they took to the stage for Prince William and Prince Harry’s Wellchild - Helping Hands Dinner. In February they embarked on a UK tour, performing at The Barbican, Manchester Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
And three of the quartet has their own link to football.
Before focusing on music, Webb had trials with his local League Two side Plymouth Argyle; as a teenager, McGhee attended numerous matches at Celtic, Rangers, Hamilton and Motherwell as she’d often accompany her sports journalist father to games and; Gray is set to marry into a footballing family as her fiancé’s uncle is Coventry City legend Steve Ogrizovic, the team’s goalkeeper when they won their first and only FA Cup when they triumphed over Tottenham in 1987.
Meanwhile, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is regularly seen working with renowned artists in the worlds of Classical music, pop music and the West End musicals.
Appearances during 2013 include ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ for ITV, the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, an Elgar celebration concert in his home town of Malvern on the composer’s birthday and live performances to the screening of two iconic films at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Fantasia’.
The FA Cup Final continues to attract a huge audience – almost 12m people in the UK alone watched last year’s Final between Chelsea and Liverpool, and the highest worldwide viewing figure of recent years reached an astonishing 484m.