The music for the 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton has today been announced by representatives of Clarence House.
Two choirs, one orchestra and a fanfare team will provide the music at the wedding, which is to take place at Westminster Abbey on Friday April 29th 2011.
The bodies involved in providing the music for the ceremony are:
- The Choir of Westminster Abbey
- The Chapel Royal Choir
- The London Chamber Orchestra
- The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force & The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry
The choirs will be directed by Mr James O’Donnell, the Organist and Master of Choristers at Westminster Abbey.
The Choir of Westminster Abbey is made up of 20 boys, who attend the Abbey’s residential Choir School, and 12 professional adult singers known as Lay Vicars.
The Chapel Royal Choir is made up of 10 Children of the Chapel – boy choristers who attend the City of London School under scholarships – and 6 professional singers known as Gentlemen-in-Ordinary. The Children wear distinctive unifroms which date from the reign of King Charles II.
The London Chamber Orchestra shall be conducted by Mr Christopher Warren-Green, the Musical Director and Principle Conductor. The orchestra will comprise 39 musicians located in the organ loft of the Abbey. The London Chamber Orchestra is the longest established professional chamber orchestra in Britain.
A Fanfare Team of seven musicians from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will perform under the direction of Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs. The Central Band was established in 1920 and provides musical support to the Royal Air Force throughout the UK. Musicians for The Royal Air Force also serve overseas for the UK Defence Force.
The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry comprise musicians from both The Band of The Life Guards and The Band of The Blues and Royals. The Fanfare Team of eight Trumpeters will be led by Trumpet Major Grant Sewell-Jones of The Band of The Blues and Royals. In addition to their musical duties, all Army Musicians can be called upon to act as individual augmentee soldiers in support of operations across the world.
Following the Wedding Service at Westminster Abbey, Claire Jones, the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales will perform at a Reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The music, which has been carefully selected by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton for their Service, will include a number of hymns in addition to some specially commissioned pieces.