Saturday, March 12, 2011

Royal Wedding Music, Part 3: Past Services of the Monarchs

(click on photo to launch video excerpt)
Wedding: Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles
Location: Windsor Guildhall (Civil Ceremony) & St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle (Blessing)
Date: April 9, 2005
Soloist: Ekaterina Semenchuk sang "Veruyu" (The Creed) by Gretchaninov

Wedding: Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson
Date: July 23, 1986
Estimated audience: 500 million
Musical highlights: Elgar's "Triumphal March" from Caractacus and William Walton's "Crown Imperial."
Soloist: Arleen Augér sang "Exsultate, jubilate" K. 165 (Mozart)

Wedding: Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer
Date: July 29, 1981
Location: St. Paul's Cathedral
Estimated audience: 600 million - 1 billion
Musical highlights: Jeremiah Clarke's "Trumpet Voluntary," "I Vow to Thee, My Country," Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance."
Soloist: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sang "Let the Bright Seraphim" Samson (Händel)

Wedding: Princess Elizabeth & Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten
Date: November 20, 1947
Location: Westminster Abbey
Estimated audience: 200 million
Musical highlights: "Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven," "The Lord's My Shepherd" and Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Wedding: Duke of York & Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Date: April 26, 1923
Location: Westminster Abbey
Musical highlights: "Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us," "Praise My Soul, The King of Heaven," Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" and C.V. Stanford's "Marcia Eroica."



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