British vocal quartet “Barbershopera” have seen their brand of comedy musical writing take Edinburgh, London, South Korea and now, who knows, the world by storm. They have written, put together and put out on the internet “I Could Have Married Kate.”
This Royal Wedding serenade shows four dejected people, (and one horse), lamenting about the tying of the royal knot, and wishing they were taking Kate Middleton down the aisle.
Will Kenning, one of the performers, said: “You know, you can either call it hysteria or you can call it a celebration. I mean what’s so different about when Charles and Diana got married is that YouTube didn’t exist then and now what we’re seeing is what happens when there’s a royal wedding and YouTube, so you know, it’s a celebration of all sorts of people in their various bedrooms and attics making hilarious videos.”
In the video the course of true love never runs smooth, but are our seemingly well-heeled harmonists all that they seem? Is this the ruling class rejects club, or commoners complaining that they did not snatch the great prize? Is this Carry On Cathy, or Cathy Uncut? Subversion with a smile, or just a bit of a laugh?
It is certainly one of the more memorable songs ever released for a Royal event, a royal song of its times, yet with more than a nod to a music-hall mockery of yesteryear. Gold-diggers, Barbershopera? You bet; it is here to be cashed in on, and they know what it is we all want, really, says singer Rob Castell:
“That’s genuinely the idea of the video. Partly it’s playing on the fact that everybody wishes it could have been them. Everyone wants to feel connected to her in some way or another because she is just sparkling, she seems to absolutely, with great dignity and kind of real serenity, accept this whole madness around her. And everybody just loves it.”
And everyone just loves a bit of rampant opportunism, especially when it is this funny.