Capital One have recruited the London Youth Choir to perform ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.Thirty talented vocalists from the London Youth Choir have been signed up by Capital One to sing the National Anthem and kick-off proceedings for the all-London Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 1st March.
To ensure the performance is pitch-perfect, the credit card company has also teamed up with Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson. Currently starring as a judge on The Voice, Ricky will help the Little Legends warm up their vocal chords and cope with any pre-match nerves as they prepare to perform at Wembley.
Capital One teamed up with the choir as part of its Little Legends campaign, which celebrates the power football can have on a child’s imagination. It will give the children the opportunity, aged between seven and 12, to take centre stage in front of 90,000 fans and a global television audience of millions.
The London Youth Choir, a registered charity, has representation across 33 of London’s boroughs, and after regular rehearsals is set to provide a fitting start to the first all-London League Cup Final since 2008. The choir formed in 2012 to provide the capital’s young singers with a world-class choral education. It has a vision to be able to provide bursaries for any members from low-income families to ensure that cost does not prevent any student from being a part of the group. The total choir has 200 singers ranging from seven to 21 years, with the 30 children participating at Wembley coming from their ‘Junior Rank.’
Ricky Wilson said: “I’ve been fortunate to play at some amazing venues with Kaiser Chiefs, and Wembley is always special. It’s great to see Capital One supporting the London Youth Choir, there’s no doubting the Little Legends will give it their all and entertain the fans on the day”
Jason Carr, head of sponsorship at Capital One, said: “We’re delighted to give these 30 children centre stage at Wembley as part of our Little Legends campaign. The London Youth Choir does some fantastic work with juniors from across the capital and with an all-London final they are the perfect choice to get Wembley singing before kick-off.”
In addition Capital One’s Little Legends campaign will also see 15 lucky children occupy other ‘money can’t buy’ roles at the Final. Capital One has selected the 15 children for the ‘starring roles’ including hanging up Chelsea’s and Tottenham’s kit in their Wembley dressing rooms, carrying the teams’ flags out onto the pitch, handing over the match ball to referee Anthony Taylor and taking part in a half-time penalty shoot-out.