Prince William and Kate Middletons’ Wedding Music won’t be so contemporary after all. Rumors had been flying that performances might be heard by the likes of Sir Elton John, Paul McCartney, or James Blount.
The reality is that there will be an orchestra, an ensemble from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, and two choirs. It’s not clear yet which pieces will be performed, but it will include some familiar hymns and choral pieces, and there are to be some commissioned numbers as well.
Performing will be the Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal Choir, as well as the 39 member London Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, familiar to many as music director for the Charlotte Symphony. Warren-Green has previously led the London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Prince Charles-Camilla Parker wedding, and has conducted birthday concerts for various royal family members.
The reception music as well will gravitate to the traditional, featuring Clare Jones, Prince Charles’ official harpist, who has composed for the Queen as well. Discussing the repertoire for the reception, she has indicated it will include some Welsh music, a tip of the hat to the ties the couple has with North Wales.
The royal wedding website stated that the couple had “taken a great deal of interest and care” in the music selection for the ceremony.
“All Of Me”, a new song composed by Simon May, will apparently be a part of the big day as well. Blake band members Ollie Baines and Jules Knight, friends of Kate, along with Stephen Bowman and Humphrey Berney, the other 2 members of the band have been contacted by Mr. May about recording the song for the soon to be royal couple.