Monday, 30 April 2018

Royal Wedding Countdown: the music

We've less than three weeks to go until THE wedding of the year (apologies to Eugenie and Jack, we're still really excited about your big do, too, but.....) so it's time to start rounding up what we know just to keep a lid on all the excitement. Like that's a possibility. As it's Monday, let's get musical and remind ourselves of what we know so far about the sounds of Harry and Meghan's marriage. It's Royal Wedding Countdown, the music....

The couple have announced who will be providing the music for their celebration which takes place on May 19th 2018 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor (the last part added for anyone who has been living under a rock for the past couple of months). And they made the decision in a very personal way.

One of the people performing, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, was called direct by the bride to be and asked if he would take part in the wedding. The 19 year old cellist, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year compeition in 2016, said yes straight away (no surprise there) and added that he was ''excited and honoured'' to be part of their big day. Prince Harry saw him play at an event for the Halo Foundation in London and the couple are clearly big fans.

There will be several choirs taking part in the wedding including the Choir of St. George's Chapel and the Kingdom Choir led by Karen Gibson. This gospel choir has been performing for over twenty years and Karen Gibson said that being part of the Royal Wedding will be ''a moment that we will always treasure''.

Also taking part is Welsh soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas, who will sing alongside an orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. In charge of all this is James Vivian, Director of Music at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. We'll find out more about the music being performed as the wedding date edges ever closer. There will be more Royal Wedding Countdowns very soon.

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