Montreal cellist to perform at King Charles’ coronation concert

A cellist from Montreal will be performing at King Charles’ coronation concert at Windsor Castle over the weekend.

Marion Portelance, 24, is now studying cello at the Royal College of Music in London, set to graduate in 2024.

Remarkably, she will be performing on King Charles’s personal cello, which he played as a student at Cambridge University. He then donated it to the Royal College of Music as its patron.


Portelance graduated from the Conservatoire de Montreal in 2022.

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She will perform as part of a string quartet formed of Royal College of Music students on Sunday May 7. They’ll play a new arrangement of an iconic song from West Side Story with the Chorus of The Royal Opera and a visual backdrop on to Windsor Castle created by the Royal College of Art. The performance will include choreography from The Royal, and the Royal Shakespeare Company will perform excerpts from a Shakespeare play.

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Other world-renowned artists are set to perform at the King’s coronation concert including Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Andrea Bocelli and more.

CityNews’ special coverage of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla with Lisa LaFlamme starts at 4 a.m. Saturday on Citytv.


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