7 APRIL 1992 PRINCESS DIANA ATTENDS A PERFORMANCE AT ST. STEPHEN WALBROOK CHURCH IN LONDON OF THE BLACK VOICES SINGING GROUP FROM BIRMINGHAM

imagePrincess Diana meets with members of the famous a Cappella “Black Voices” after a concert in St. Stephen Walbrook Church on April 7, 1992.
imageAs 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.
imagePrincess 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.

Receiving an MBE from Prince William

Carol Pemberton Receiving an MBE from Prince William in 2014.

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.
image imageSince 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.
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7 APRIL 1992 PRINCESS DIANA AND THE PRINCES “HOOKED” ON THE HOOK FILM PREMIERE AT THE ODEON IN LONDON

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The Princess of Wales took her two sons with her on the evening of April 7, 1992 to the premiere of Steven Spieberg’s “Hook” to aid the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital of which Diana is Patron. They met the full line-up of stars that evening, including Robin Williams who played Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman who played Captain Hook. William and Harry sat on either side of the Princess during the performance and munched on chocolate ‘pieces of eight,’ returning afterwards to Kensington Palace exhausted.

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image Diana wore a black and white silk assymetrical dinner gown by Catherine Walker.  The bodice was decorated in ripples of small lace flowers.