Even the most savvy ‘royal watchers’ were amazed to see the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, on the piano, in the Christmas concert, which was broadcast on TV last night in the UK: it was the first time she had played in public. Kate – who spends the Christmas holidays with Prince William and three sons at the Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk – accompanied Tom Walker to the piano: their performance, ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here “during the concert” Together at Christmas, “was a poignant tribute to those who left during the pandemic.
The duet was recorded in Westminster Abbey on Thursday, so Kate did not play live, but still for her it was an important proof that – it seems – she created some tension: she was “quite nervous”, wrote the Daily Mirror, “because she hadn’t played with another musician for a long time”.
The musical abilities of the Duchess, graduated in art history and who so far, in the ten years of her marriage with the man who will one day on the British throne, have essentially made her mother to participate in thousands of ceremonial and charitable events. “I believe we were both really nervous that everything did not go according to plan, that one could disappoint the other, but she was absolutely fantastic, she had a hole in the table “, said the British musician and songwriter.
“We rehearsed the song like nine times and then she absolutely got it right; so she left, she rehearsed at home for a couple of days and then we finally recorded it.” The song was written by Walker for “anyone who raises a glass at the table remembers those who are no longer among us”. The United Kingdom is overwhelmed by yet another wave of Covid, amplified by the Covid variant of the coronavirus. Walker described the Duchess as “a lovely, kind, big-hearted person” and added that for him it was “a crazy day”. The consort of the second in the line of succession to the British throne played the piano as a child, but had never performed in public. Prior to her marriage to William in 2011, her piano teacher had called her a “good pianist”.