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VIDEO: Royal wedding surprise for Henley-in-Arden resident

A CLASSICAL music lover who lives on the aptly-named Prince Harry Road in Henley-in-Arden was given a surprise performance by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire ahead of the Royal wedding on Saturday.

Rod Ardern was greeted at his front door by Henley in Arden’s very own Town Crier, Les Long, who read a regal proclamation thanking him for his loyalty to the Town Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

He then presented him with a package of Royal-related gifts including tickets to Sheku Kanneh-Mason who will perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

Mr Ardern and his friend Martin Snape were also treated to a pop-up performance of Bach’s Cello Suite No 1, The Prelude, by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire cellist, Aaron Billson, who bears more than a striking resemble to the Prince himself (see video).

The surprise gift package also included a Town Hall and Symphony Hall (THSH) Icon Patron Membership, which includes the opportunity to perform on Symphony Hall stage; a copy of Sheku’s number one album Inspiration; a bouquet of flowers from the Royal wedding’s florist Philippa Craddock; a bespoke box of Birmingham Classical Chocolates from Birmingham’s Chocolate Quarter and a THSH Musical PINstrument pin badge.

Richard Loftus, director of sales and marketing at THSH, said: “Throughout history, Symphony Hall and Town Hall have had royal connections from Queen Victoria’s visit to Town Hall in 1858 through to Symphony Hall’s official opening by HM The Queen in 1991.

"When we discovered one of our most loyal patrons lived on a road named after Prince Harry, who marries Meghan Markle this weekend, we felt the best way to celebrate their wedding and this audience member’s loyalty was to take a little piece of two of Birmingham’s most iconic venues to his home.”

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is performing at Town Hall, Birmingham, on 16th May, 2019, tickets are priced £12.50 to £38 on 0121 780 3333.

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