Its not often that a clever, renowned economics editor pops by for a quick sing of Bohemian Rhapsody. A couple of years back the PM show were looking for viewers to write in with suggestions of things that Robert Peston might get up to on the show.
Being a regular and committed member of our lovely choir and fresh from tour to Italy, Sarah Wood suggested that Robert should pop down to Jericho and have the experience of singing one of pop’s most loved songs, Bohemian Rhapsody with us all. Sarah, and in fact the rest of us, were quite surprised to find out that Robert was up for it.
Then Robert left the BBC and we though that perhaps that was that, but no! With a love of singing and a jolly good spirit Robert agreed to sing with us as he was coming to Oxford for a talk with Tim Harford at Oxford University’s new school of government in Jericho. The choir practiced hard and we recruited an ace band of Al Pirrie on bass, Keith Fairburn on drums, Martin Pickett on piano and Brian May non-look-a-like but much sound-a-like Ben Avison.
On the day Robert arrived for a bit of lunch and a wee practice before his talk in the afternoon.This was a lot of fun anyway never mind the show later! Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredibly hard song for an amateur singer to pull off and Robert toally threw himself into the whole thing and brought the house down as you can see on the video.
The performance was part of a lovely concert ‘Roses and Castles, curated by Steph Pirrie and Charlie Henry to celebration life in and around the Oxford canal. A celebration of history, stories, music and all things canal.
More about the concert here www.oxfordcanalheritage.org