Military fanfare teams lead music for royal wedding
Fanfare teams from the Royal Air Force and the Household Cavalry will be among the musicians performing at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton next month, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.
The trumpet players will be among those filling Westminster Abbey with music on April 29, alongside the abbey's official choir, the Chapel Royal Choir and the London Chamber Orchestra.
They will be performing well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially commissioned pieces, the palace said.
"Both Prince William and Miss Middleton have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their service," a spokesman said.
Two fanfare teams have been asked to play, including seven members of the central band of the RAF and eight members of the Household Cavalry. One of the teams is likely to herald the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in the abbey.
William is a lieutenant in the Household Cavalry, which is part of the army, but currently works as a search and rescue pilot with the RAF in Anglesey in north Wales, where he and Kate will live when they are married.
Twenty boys and 12 professional adult singers make up the Choir of Westminster Abbey, while 10 boy choristers and six professional singers make up the Chapel Royal Choir, which has existed for at least 1,000 years.
Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the London Chamber Orchestra, which will comprise 39 musicians on the day, located in the organ loft of the abbey.
Following the ceremony, Prince Charles' official harpist, Claire Jones, will perform at a reception for 600 guests at Buckingham Palace hosted by the queen.
"This is an historic occasion and one that I know I will never forget. It truly is a dream come true," Jones said.
She added: "I'm now looking forward to discussing a repertoire for the reception, which I expect will include some Welsh music to celebrate the couple's current connection with north Wales."
© 2011 AFP