We Are Most Amused and Amazed

Gospel singer on a star-stud­ded evening to cel­e­brate Prince Charles’ 70th birth­day…

TV Times - - Contents - Emma Bul­limore

TUES­DAY / ITV

We were in­vited to at­tend this glit­ter­ing night of magic and com­edy at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium to cel­e­brate Prince Charles’ 70th birth­day…

One can’t think of a bet­ter way for a prince to cel­e­brate his 70th birth­day than with a trip to the Lon­don Pal­la­dium to watch his favourite co­me­di­ans and ma­gi­cians!

ITV cel­e­brates the Prince of Wales’s mile­stone birth­day this week with a one-off spe­cial, We Are Most Amused and Amazed. Hosted by re­united dou­ble act Alexan­der Arm­strong and Ben Miller, it fea­tures a host of ac­claimed per­form­ers, in­clud­ing Rowan Atkin­son, Bill Bai­ley, Dy­namo and Penn & Teller.

TV Times was lucky enough to be in­vited to the glitzy event, recorded last month, with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corn­wall opt­ing to sit in the front row of the cir­cle bal­cony rather than the royal box. And he may be a prince, but that didn’t stop the per­form­ers mak­ing a few jokes at

HRH’S ex­pense – Sooty and

Sweep had a lit­tle gig­gle at his baby photos, while Sandi Toksvig of­fered some tips on the joys of grow­ing older!

While it was a lovely oc­ca­sion for the royal birth­day boy, it was also a huge night for young singer Re­becca Amis­sah from Rom­ford, who opened the show singing the na­tional an­them, ac­com­pa­nied by the Band of the Welsh Guards.

Re­becca founded a choir, Gospel Essence, with the sup­port of the Prince’s Trust, and per­form­ing was her chance to say thank you. Here, she tells us about her spe­cial mo­ment and how she gained a celebrity fan…

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How did it feel to open the show? It was nerve-rack­ing – I’d never done any­thing so pres­ti­gious. But

what an amaz­ing hon­our to sing in front of Prince Charles and the Duchess. I was per­form­ing with the Welsh Guards, who are very loud but in­cred­i­ble. I don’t know if I’ll get the op­por­tu­nity to do that again in my life­time.

My par­ents and my part­ner were in the au­di­ence – they were re­ally proud. My dad said Prince Charles tapped him on the shoul­der on the way out and had a lit­tle chat.

How much prepa­ra­tion went into the per­for­mance?

We had two re­hearsals with the Guards, and I ac­tu­ally had to get per­mis­sion to at­tend the show – I’m in a pro­duc­tion of Guys and Dolls in Berk­shire at the mo­ment. It’s

been a whirl­wind. Luck­ily I al­ready had a nice dress that I wore for an awards cer­e­mony a few years ago, so I was just lucky that I still fit­ted into it!

what was the at­mos­phere like back­stage?

Ev­ery time some­one came off we all clapped and con­grat­u­lated each other. I chat­ted to Kylie Minogue at the end, and she was lovely – she said they had been lis­ten­ing to me back­stage and they were stand­ing to at­ten­tion, so that was re­ally nice! I also met Prince Charles for the first time, which was amaz­ing. How has the prince’s

Trust sup­ported you?

I started Gospel Essence about six years ago and I didn’t know how to find clients or start a web­site, so I went to the Prince’s Trust and they helped me to pro­fes­sion­alise what I was al­ready do­ing. The Trust gives young peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to bet­ter them­selves, es­pe­cially if you are cre­ative. It’s there for any­one with a great idea, not just peo­ple who have hit rock bot­tom.

We Are Most Amused and Amazed Tues­day / ITV / 8Pm

Prince Charles tapped my dad on the shoul­der and had a lit­tle chatéProud: re­becca and her par­ents

Dou­ble act: arm­strong and miller re­turn Spell­bind­ing: ma­gi­cians Penn & teller

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