Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Royal Preparations: Music for the Wedding

The music that will be played in the Royal Wedding are mostly British theme and newly commissioned pieces.

Before the service:

Fantasia in G (Pièce d’orgue à 5) by Johann Sebastian Bach

Veni Creator Spiritus by the Master of The Queen’s Music

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Prelude on St. Columba Op. 28 by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and Sonata for Organ Op. 28 (Allegro maestoso and Allegretto) by Edward Elgar.

Serenade for Strings in E minor Op. 20 (Allegro piacevole, Larghetto and Allegretto) by Edward Elgar

Courtly Dance V: Galliard from Gloriana (Symphonic Suite) Op. 53a no. 7 by Benjamin Britten

Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams

*Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Frederick Delius

*Touch Her Soft Lips and Part from Henry V Suite by William Walton

*Romance for String Orchestra Op. 11 by Gerald Finzi

* Are music played in the Service of Prayers and Dedication for The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.

Processional Music

Fanfare by The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry to mark the arrival of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.  The Fanfare will be followed by three Processionals. 

 For the Procession of The Queen, Prince William and Miss Middleton have chosen March from The Birds by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.  

Prelude on Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams will for the Procession of the Clergy, and was chosen for its Welsh echoes.  

Prince William and kate choose ‘I was Glad’, also by Parry, for the Procession of the Bride.  


Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer’, words by William Williams, translated by Peter Williams and others, and music by John Hughes

‘Love Divine All Love Excelling’, words by Charles Wesley and music by William Penfro Rowlands. 

Jerusalem’, by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, words by William Blake. 

The Amthem and Motet

Anthem, ‘This is the day which the Lord hath made’,composed by John Rutter.It is commissioned by Westminister Abbey as a present for the couple. Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal Choir will perform the song.

They will also play Motet ‘Ubi caritas’ by Paul Mealor

The National Anthem will be sung right before the Signing of Registers.

Signing of the Registers

During the Signing of Registers, ‘Blest pair of Sirens’, words by John Milton from At a Solemn Musick, music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. 

After the signing, Fanfare by the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. The Fanfare, called Valiant and Brave, after the motto of No. 22 Squadron

The Recessional: Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom, Crown Imperial by William Walton.   

Toccata from Symphonie V  by Charles-Marie Widor and Pomp

Circumstance March no. 5 by Edward Elgar  

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