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Wedding Music for a Royal Wedding!

24th Nov 2010

What a week since our last blog! As the weather turns rather cold and bad economic news continues to make headlines, it’s time for wedding bells - Kate and Wills are to be married at Westminster Abbey!! And the date for the Royal Wedding ….. 29 April 2011. Check your calendars, the Coalition Government has made the best decision so far during its term, they’ve declared the big day a public holiday - a day of celebration! Street parties will take place around the country, singing and dancing will fill our streets. Our singers and musicians love to entertain and will be out in force joining in the fun, making it a wedding day to remember!
Before the nation hits the streets in celebration, we’ll all get together with friends to watch the wedding ceremony. So what was the wedding music played at Charles and Diana’s wedding? Well, it was a combination of hymns, anthems and fanfares.
The State Trumpeters played the first piece of music which was “Fanfare Royale” by Major W Jackson. The bridal processional was celebrated by “Trumpet Voluntary (The Prince of Denmark’s March)” by Jeremiah Clarke. And then the ceremony music comprised of: 
 “Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation”, by Henry Purcell. 
 “I Vow To Thee, My Country”, words by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, music by Gustav Holst. Diana personally chose this piece and it was also played at her funeral.
“I Was Glad”, by Sir Hubert Parry.
“Let The People Praise Thee”, by William Mathias - this was especially composed for Charles and Diana’s wedding.
The signing of the register was accompanied by “March from the Overture to the Occasional Oratorio”, by Handel as well as “Let the Bright Seraphim”, a solo performed by Dame Kiri te Kanawa and “Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite”, performed by the Bach Choir.
And finally the recessional - “Fanfare, Rejoicing”, by Major A Richards and “Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 4 in G”, by Sir Edward Elgar.
Now what will Kate and Wills choose for their wedding music? We will have to wait and see, but in the meantime we can have fun guessing!
It’s time for our weekly interesting opera fact, did you know that Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), written over a 30 year span, is a cycle of four operas (Das Rheingold,Die Walküre,Siegried, and Göotterdämmurung). Although usually performed individually, Wagner intended they be performed in a series as a whole. And what do we get when The Ring Cycle is performed as a whole? The world’s longest opera at over 14 hours (and close to 18 hours when including intermissions). Based loosely on a Norse legend of the Nibelungenlied, The Ring Cycle has many parallels with J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.