The royal wedding is drawing near and there will be much to see and "awww" about, but there will also be as much to take in when it comes to the music that will be included in the royal wedding. The setting of the wedding at Westminster Abbey means that the couple will have access to the famous choir of the Westminster Abbey. It has been released that they will also have music performed by the London Chamber Orchestra, the Chapel Royal Choir and the Royal Air Force Band. This wedding is going to be a musical feast for the ears.
The palace made an official announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton "have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their service." There will be choral works, hymns, and musical pieces that were written solely for the wedding event.
For some history on those supplying music, it should be noted that the Westminster Abbey choir is world famous. It consists of 20 boys and 12 professional adult singers. It will be directed by James O'Donnell. Organist will be Robert Quinney.
The Chapel Royal Choir dates back to the time of the Norman Conquest of 1060. The choir performs at the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace for the royal family.
Christopher Warren-Green will be conducting the 39 musician London Chamber Orchestra. It has been in existence since 1921. It is a world renowned orchestra that anyone would be happy to have tickets to see a performance, let alone have them play at your wedding.
The wedding will not be the only musically graced event. While receptions after the wedding will be private, those guests will have the opportunity to hear even more treasured performances. The musical performers for the reception to be hosted by Prince Charles for the couple and their closest friends and family in the evening has not been announced yet. No doubt it will be a list of some of the best known performers that are favorites of the couple. It would be an honor to perform at the reception and there would be few that would turn down the opportunity.
While the couple will choose their own music, it will be interesting to see if they repeat any of the music chosen for Prince William's parent's wedding. The processional was Trumpet Voluntary (The Prince of Denmark's March), by Jeremiah Clarke and the recessional was Fanfare, Rejoicing, by Major A. Richards and Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 4 in G, by Edward Elgar.
There has not been a wedding of this magnitude and with as much excitement since the Prince's parents married. It will all be seen in the USA early morning on April 29. There will be many brides and hopeful brides glued to the screen and taking notes. An inexpensive and classy replication of a royal wedding would be to use some of the same classical pieces and hymns of the couple.
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