At the undergound station London Bridge, there is a public organ where members of the public can sit down and play. The director of music at Cambridge University’s Pembroke College, Anna Lapwood, recently decided to sit down and play a few songs in tribute to the late Queen.
After playing a myriad of tunes, she was joined by a Tube security guard, Marcella. Dressed in a hi-vis jacket, the Tube (subway) worker asked Lapwood if she could play the aria Lascia ch’io pianga, or “Let me cry” by Handel.
To the surprise of the professional musician, Marcella gave a pitch-perfect performance of the song in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Unbeknownst to Lapwwod, Marcella had trained as a professional singer, so she easily moved all the passengers to tears with her exquisite voice.
As Lapwood shared on Twitter: “This was so moving. Spontaneously stopped off at the London Bridge station organ to play a couple of pieces for the Queen. This lovely security guard, Marcella, asked if I could play Lascia ch’io pianga. Turns out she trained as a singer.”