Security guard who moved nation to tears when she joined Cambridge music director to sing in the Queen’s honour wows Lorraine viewers with live performance – but many are left fuming as show ‘cuts her time short’
- Marcella de Gale sang with Anna Lapwood, director of music at Cambridge
- Invited on Lorraine to sing for the Queen after her Tube performance went viral
- But viewers left fuming after their song was cut short due to time constraints
- Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing
The security guard who moved the nation to tears with her spontaneous performance for the Queen at a tube station gave an encore on Lorraine this morning.
Security guard Marcella De Gale, who trained as a singer, joined Anna Lapwood, a director of music at Pembroke College, for the performance at London Bridge this week.
Ms Lapwood had ‘spontaneously’ stopped at the station before she began playing Lascia ch’io pianga by Handel – an Italian-soprano aria – on the station’s organ.
She described the experience as ‘so moving’, adding that there were ‘quite a few people gathered by the end’ of their duet.
A video shared on social media went viral earlier this week quickly went viral, with many praising the touching performance, suggesting it had moved them to tears.
The duo were invited on Lorraine, where a shy Marcella gave a live performance of the song.
Viewers said they loved her singing, however, they were disgruntled when the show unceremoniously cut her performance short in order to start This Morning.
Marcella De Gale became a viral sensation when she shared an impromptu song for the Queen with Anna Lapwood, Director of Music at Cambridge University, on Friday at London Bridge station
The duo were invited on Lorraine today, where a shy Marcella gave a live performance of the song
Lorraine Kelly, who was presenting today’s programme, was keen to learn more about the two women, and how their video came about.
Anne explained she regularly plays the organ at London Bridge on her way to work.
‘I often stop up at this little organ and I always put my phone there and film whatever happens,’ she told the presenter.
‘And then Marcella comes up and then I was like “your voice, this is incredible”
Anne explained she regularly plays the organ at London Bridge on her way to work and was amazed by Mareclla’s voice
Lorraine then asked Marcella: ‘Did it just feel right at that time to start singing? Did it feel like the right thing to do?’
Marcella, who was a bit shy in front of the camera, nodded in agreement.
Anna then gave more of an insight into the crowds’ reaction after their performance at London Bridge.
‘They kind started crowding around and applauding,’ she said. ‘Then Marcella you said, didn’t you that people came up to you and told you “You’re on Twitter, you’re on Twitter”,’ she added.
Viewers said they loved her singing, however, they were disgruntled when the show unceremoniously cut her performance short in order to start This Morning
Marcella told Lorraine that the reaction from her loved ones has been ‘alright.’
The presenter was taken with Marcella’s humble reaction and said: ‘You’re so understated, I love it.’
‘It’s just astonishing that something like that happens, you have to sing more’ she added, before asking Marcella: ‘Do you sing for fun, for you?
Marcella replied: ‘Bit of both, I learned it earlier but she was playing, it switched me on so I decided to just sing the song.
‘So you see her, you come over, you sing this beautiful song and then you go back to work, just like that.
Marcella told Lorraine that the reaction from her loved ones has been ‘alright.’ The presenter was taken with Marcella’s humble reaction
The Tube security guard seemed a bit camera-shy during her TV appearance with Lorraine Kelly
Marcella said she usually sings for herself, and that when she heard Anna play, it ‘switched’ her on and she decided to join in
‘So many people have seen it, so many people, millions of people,’ Lorraine added.
The presenter then revealed that Anna and Marcella would be closing today’s show with a live rendition of Lascia ch’io pianga.
However, the song was cut short, due to time, as Lorraine had to hand the screen over to This Morning, presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
After the video of their song went viral on Twitter on Friday, Anna described the experience as ‘so moving’, adding that there were ‘quite a few people gathered by the end’ of their duet.
The music director said: ‘It was such an uplifting moment, very needed at the moment.’
Rosie Brooks, 42, was walking through the station on her way to Borough Market when she heard music from ‘across the concourse’.
Ms Brooks, an illustrator, said: ‘So [I] popped my head round to have look, it was such a lovely moment.
Anna Lapwood, a director of music at Pembroke College, was playing the station’s organ when she was joined by security guard Marcell
The pair took part in a spontaneous duet after Ms Lapwood began playing the organ in honour of the Queen
Ms Lapwood described the experience as ‘so moving’, adding that there were ‘quite a few people gathered by the end’ of their duet
‘Am so lucky they were playing just as I passed by.’
The duet took place as an emotional King Charles III was greeted by thousands of well-wishers elsewhere in the city as he arrived at Buckingham Palace.
He was meeting with representatives from the Commonwealth – while his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin embarked on her historic final journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh, then onto Westminster Abbey for her state funeral.
Crowds lining the length of The Mall – including excited young children sat on top of the shoulders of parents trying to take photos with their phones – cheered and waved at Britain’s new monarch as he was driven in his state Rolls-Royce from Clarence House through the Palace gates at around 1pm, accompanied by a motorcade of four cars and four police motorbikes.
The King was followed shortly after arriving at Buckingham Palace by his wife Camilla, Queen Consort, who was also cheered by mourners.
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