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Choir helps celebrate Hogwarts Day at Platform 9 3/4

6 September 2019

1 September is a huge day in the Wizarding World calendar: it's the day the Hogwarts students return for a new term; hundreds of Harry Potter fans descend on King's Cross Station to celebrate 'Hogwarts Day'. This year the College's Choir were there to start the event by singing songs from some of the films' soundtracks.  Watch a clip here: https://twitter.com/Queenschoir/status/1169594813085364231.

The Choir played a key role in the soundtrack for Warner Brothers film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the series based on the books by J.K. Rowling.  BAFTA-winning composer Nicholas Hooper, who composed the music, approached the Choir of The Queen’s College late in 2007 regarding the possibility of recording music for the film. 

After working on the piece with Nick Hooper in Oxford, the Choir went to record at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London, spending a morning in Studio One, the world’s largest purpose-built recording studio. The piece, which the Choir recorded, is the ‘simple but highly evocative’ song, In noctem.  The song can be heard at various points in the film, during the closing credits, and on the soundtrack CD of the film. The soundtrack, featuring the Choir, went on to receive a Grammy nomination, and to win the Classic FM Film Music of the Year Award. Listen here: https://www.queenschoir.com/harry-potter-soundtrack.

Choir at King's Cross Station for Hogwarts Day