Royal Wedding 2011: Music Guide

Prince William and Kate Middleton have kept their Royal Wedding playlist under wraps, but with what little details have leaked, we’re fairly certain that Kanye West and Linkin Park – two of Wills’ favourites – certainly won’t make the cut.

If you decide to snooze during the wee hours of the morning but want to find out who did make the cut, have no fear, the Official Album for the Royal Wedding will be released almost immediately – via digital download, CD, vinyl and even cassette!

So just who will be performing the music at the service in Westminster Abbey?

Two choirs – The Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal Choir, one orchestra – The London Chamber Orchestra and two fanfare teams – from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and The Household Cavalry.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey – made up of some 30 boys (who attend the Abbey’s Choir School) and 12 adult singers (known as Lay Vicars). The Choir is directed by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers.

The Chapel Royal Choir – ten boy choristers from the City of London School and six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, who are professional singers. The choir also sang at Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981.

The London Chamber Orchestra (the UK’s oldest of the kind) is led by Christopher Warren-Green, who is no stranger to the Royal Family. He’s conducted many concerts at Buckingham Palace and even conducted a private concert for the Royal Family for The Queen’s 80th birthday.

Seven musicians from the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and eight State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry – made up of two regiments of the British armed forces – will play after the pair marry.

26-year old Welsh harpist Claire Jones – official harpist appointed to the Prince of Wales – will play as Will and Kate arrive for their wedding reception. Her usual repertoire includes “classical pieces like Bach, Handel, from the Baroque period all the way through to the Romantic really”

Who won’t be heard at the Royal Wedding?

One surprising snub is Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – the official Master of the Queen’s Music, who exists to provide music for royal occasions. A few weeks ago, he had plans to “give the wedding piece a Scottish feel” – but now, the couple have decided not to choose anything by Max (as he’s known) – furthermore, a piece has been commissioned from another (so far unnamed) composer!

Will you be tuned in for the Royal Wedding? Be sure to pour a cup of tea and join VisionTV on April 29th at 5AM for The Royal Wedding Insider.

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