Raphael Janssens, Deputy Head Chorister last year in Cathedral and now in Remove (Year 9), had the supreme accolade of being chosen to sing the opening lines of the rugby anthem, A World in Union, on Friday evening at Twickenham in front of a capacity stadium of over 80,000 - and ahead of the first match of the tournament between England and Fiji. His voice was also heard by a further 400 million viewers across the world. A strict Rugby World Cup embargo until 7.20 pm on Friday evening on the content of the ceremony prevented us from being able to talk about this amazing achievement prior to the event but we are now able to shout from the rooftops!
Raphael’s performance was so confident that a last minute decision was made by the production team to allow him to sing live rather than mime to a pre-recorded track – and his part in the proceedings was mentioned in the Saturday editions of the Daily Telegraph and The Times as well as in the Mail Online. Locally, Kent Online carried the story ahead of the publication of the hard copy Medway Messenger on Monday.
Well done Raphael. You gave a fantastic performance and everyone at King’s is so proud of you!
Below: Raphael sings in front of millions
Raphael pictured with rugby legend, Michael Lynagh: