Princess Diana meets with members of the famous a Cappella “Black Voices” after a concert in St. Stephen Walbrook Church on April 7, 1992.
As Chairman of The Arts Council, Lord Palumbo Acted As Honorary Impressario On April 7, 1992 When Princess Diana Headed His Guests At A Recital By The Black Voices Five Sensational Ladies From Birmingham.
Princess Diana Meeting Members Of Black Voices at St. Stephen Walbrook London; The Princess Is Pictured Speaking With Carol Pemberton, MBE, The Musical Director of the group.
They have been invited to perform all over the world for people as venerated as the Pope and Nelson Mandela and icons of music such as Ray Charles and Nina Simone.
“Meeting Ray Charles at the Colosseum in Rome and performing with him was a stand out moment. Similarly with Nina Simone,” recalls Carol.
“I think the biggest concert we have done was outdoors, singing for Pope John Paul in Italy. There were just people everywhere. We had to address them in Italian and sing in front of this immense crowd. That was just ‘Wow!’ We met him afterwards and he gave us all rosary beads, even though we are not Catholic, and said he cried when he heard us, we were so moving.
“We sang for Princess Diana at a private chapel in London after her Dad died.
Since the early nineties, the Black Voices collective, made up of five black female singers from Birmingham, England, has built the reputation to be one of the best a cappella female ensembles of the world, testified by more than 200 tours around the world over 25 years, a dozen of albums and an impressive curriculum. Not only did they share the stage with worldwide stars such as Ray Charles, Nina Simone and Wynton Marsalis, but they performed for Nelson Mandela, the Royal family, Princess Diana, the G8 Summit, various presidents and first ministers, even for the Pope. Black Voices is more specifically known in England for their own radio and TV shows on the BBC.
Unlike traditional gospel ensembles with a negro spirituals repertoire, the music of Black Voices, though deeply rooted in negro spirituals, is more widely representative of Black music in general, taking their inspiration from blues, jazz, reggae, African songs and Caribbean Calypso. In this perspective, far beyond their exceptional musical quality and emotional impact, Black Voices asserts itself as a unique vocal ensemble of an original repertoire and a genuine and assertive artistic personality. The Birmingham Post.