On Saturday, May 6, when King Charles III is officially coronated to be, as the Garter Principal King of Arms recently called him, “the Most High, Most Mighty and Most Excellent Monarch, our Sovereign Lord, now, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter,” those assembled at Westminster Abbey in London will cry out, on cue, “God Save The King!”
But the following night at Windsor Castle, you may hear another declaration: “Don’t Be Afraid To Catch Feels!”
Katy Perry (who collaborated with Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, and Big Sean on that catchy 2015 ditty “Feels” that included scarlet macaws in the video) is one of the confirmed performers at the May 7 concert in celebration of the British monarchy’s big org chart shift.
In addition to the Californian Perry, the event will also feature the Alabama-born R&B legend Lionel Richie, and the Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli. (One can only hope that the Archbishop of Canterbury will come out on stage should Richie decide to croon his Commodores classic “Easy (Like Sunday Morning).”
While these three headliners certainly recognize the international importance of the spectacle, one might be wondering just what the deuce is going on with the programming, and where are the proper British performers? (Please feel free to ask this as your monocle drops into your morning grapefruit.) Luckily, many members of the home team will be making an appearance at Windsor. The London-bred singer-songwriter Freya Ridings is also on the bill, as is the British pop group Take That.
The band, consisting of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, which originally formed in 1990 and featured Robbie Williams as a member for much of its lifespan, has not performed live in four years. In a statement they promised “a huge live band and orchestra, a choir, military drummers, the backdrop of Windsor Castle and the celebration of a new king. We can’t wait.”
Also: the Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel will perform a duet with Bocelli, and the British pianist Alexis Ffrench is also on the bill. Ffrench’s style mixes classical training with pop styles and he is a Governing Body Member and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Music, London.