Royal wedding music includes choirs, fanfare
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:02 pm
LONDON (AP) — Royal officials Tuesday named the two choirs, orchestra and military fanfare team that will provide the music for the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
William’s office at St. James’s Palace said the ceremony will feature the choir of Westminster Abbey, the Chapel Royal Choir, the London Chamber Orchestra and a fanfare team from the Royal Air Force band.
The palace said that William and his fiancée “have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their service,” which will include well-known hymns and choral works as well as pieces commissioned especially for the occasion.
The couple and William’s father, Prince Charles, recently made an unannounced evening visit to Westminster Abbey to hear live musical performances as part of the preparation process.
Guests at a Buckingham Palace reception to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II after the wedding will be soothed by the strains of Claire Jones, Prince Charles’ official harpist, the palace said.
Published in The Messenger 3.16.11