The song they are to record is a cover of Queen’s One Vision, which was originally released as a single by the group in November 1985 when Kimberley would have been 4-years old.
Kimberley and Alfie will premiere their version of the song at the Team GB launch party at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 11 May. The event will be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a number of famous British Olympians and the evening is to be called Our Greatest Team Rises.
30-year old Kimberley is currently playing the part of Princess Fiona in the stage version of Shrek and is clearly thrilled to have been chosen to be asked to sing the official British Olympic anthem. She said of the honour: “It feels like a real honour to be representing Great Britain with this song and to be part of the whole Olympics madness. It’s really special. Bring on the gold medals!”
Unlike other members of the group Kimberley has not been very involved with music since Girls Aloud have been on a break with just the one solo venture “Like U Like” which got to Number 8 in the UK singles chart last year.
Alfie Boe is also delighted to have been chosen for the song. “It’s a huge honour to sing One Vision for Team GB with Kimberley,” said Boe, who was critically acclaimed for his performance in the 25th anniversary concerts of Les Miserables.
“Being a massive Queen fan, I was very excited about recording the track, I hope everyone likes it.”
The singer had battled salivary gland cancer since 2009 and his death bought many tributes from both those inside the music industry and also some unexpected people outside including the religious leader the Dalai Lama. Yauch converted to Tibetan Buddhism in 1994 after being born into a Jewish/Catholic family.
Coldplay dedicated a performance of “Fight For Your Right” to him at last night’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Chris Martin said: “We’re sending all our love to the Beastie Boys.”
The Beastie Boys made a statement on their website saying: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.”
It was the New Yorker Yauch who created the Beastie Boys with fellow band member Mike D who was a friend of his at high school. The band had a big fanbase and went on to sell over 40m albums.
As well as his musical career Yauch also worked as a filmmaker and he then worked under the pseudonym of Nathanial Hornblower. He directed several of the Beastie Boys’ videos including Ch-Check It Out, and so Whatcha Want.
Yauch married his wife Dechen Wangdu in a traditional Tibetan ceremony in 1998 and both she and the couple’s 14-year old daughter Tenzin Losel Yauch.