So, it seems only fitting that the spin-off, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, would have several instrumental versions for viewers to fall in love with.

And, in case that’s not enough, the highly anticipated addition to the costume-drama universe has one-upped its own formula with a live music video of one of the songs in the series – If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys.

In the series, released on 4 May, the instrumental version plays when King George and Queen Charlotte attend and share a dance at Lady Agatha Danbury’s ball.

It’s a poignant moment as Lady Danbury, unlike young Charlotte, is well aware of how the queen’s marriage will change the Ton – and she uses the first ball of the season as a stepping-stone in transforming the high society.

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On Monday, also the 20th anniversary of the song, Netflix released a music video in which Shondaland and Keys created a 74-piece global orchestra made up entirely of women of colour to perform the stunning rendition.

And leading the orchestra is none other than South Africa’s first Black female conductor, Ofentse Pitse.

“My greatest career highlight has been working on this phenomenal project with Alicia Keys and Netflix,” Pitse tweeted, alongside a snippet of the video.

“To not only lead but be welcomed by some of the best musicians I have ever met was the magic in this.”


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