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The Royal Wedding Day Has Finally Arrived!

29th Apr 2011

Finally the big day has arrived. At 11am Kate Middleton will walk up the aisle of Westminster Abbey to marry William and will become Her Royal Highness, Duchess of Cambridge.
The wedding ceremony music promises to be spectacular and it is at times like these when we really appreciate the power of live classical music to create magical moments in history.
Kate Middleton will walk up the aisle to “I Was Glad” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 122. The instrumental introduction will allow the bride to take her place at the Great West Door on her father’s arm and as the choir’s heavenly voices soar, she will begin her procession to meet Prince William.
What Hymns Will Be Sung at the Wedding Ceremony?
Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer - William Williams

This hymn speaks of the desire that God goes with you into the future to help you live out your vows.  It was the last hymn sung at Diana's funeral 14 years ago and will no doubt have bitter-sweet memories for William.

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling - Charles Wesley 
This hymn is about celebration and praise and has strong Welsh links. It is familiar to many today as the Welsh rugby anthem.

Jerusalem - William Blake
One of the most popular musical choices at weddings is William Blake’s poem “And did those feet in ancient time” with music composed by Hubert Parry. It is a favourite of the Last Night of the Proms and is very much a part of our British Culture.
Other music being performed includes two specially composed pieces for the occasion:
The Anthem "This is the day which the Lord hath made" by John Rutter was specially commissioned by Westminster Abbey as a wedding present for the couple.

Following the Signing of the Register, there will be a Fanfare by the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.  The Fanfare, called Valiant and Brave, was specially composed by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, Principal Director of  Music in the Royal Air Force.
Three of the pieces – Farewell to Stromness, Touch Her Soft Lips and Part and Romance for String Orchestra Opus 11 have been chosen specifically by the Prince and Kate because they featured in Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding blessing. A St James' Palace spokesman said: "It's a personal touch to the couple - an acknowledgement of William's father and the Duchess of Cornwall".

Other "Very British" pieces include:

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring – Frederick Delius
Crown Imperial – William Walton

Prelude on Rosymedre & Fantasia on Greensleeves - Vaughan Williams

Blest Pair of Sirens - John Milton

We wish our congratulations to HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton on the occasion of their marriage from everyone at Opera Bespoke