Prince Harry and his soon to be bride has released additional details about their wedding service at St George’s Chapel.
The music for their wedding was chosen with careful consideration and attention to detail.
It was announced today that the music would be under the direction of James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel.
Mr Vivian said: “The Choristers, Lay Clerks, Organists and I are very much looking forward to this exciting day and are pleased to be performing at the service music chosen by the couple. We are also looking forward to welcoming to St George’s musical colleagues from near and far who will be performing at this very special and joyful occasion.”
A variety of choral groups, soloists, and musicians will also perform at the wedding.
The Choir of St George’s Chapel which is conducted by James Vivian and comprises up to 23 boy choristers from St George’s School and twelve Lay Clerks singing alto, tenor and bass.
Founded in 1348, the choir performs throughout Europe in addition to its liturgical calendar of eight services per week in St George’s Chapel.
19-year-old cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason who won BBC Young Musician in 2016 and made his BBC Proms debut the following year, will also perform. Last June, Prince Harry saw Sheku play at an event in London in support of the work of the Halo Foundation.
A student at the Royal Academy of Music, Sheku Kanneh-Mason commented:
“I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s wedding. I was bowled over when Ms Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course, I immediately said yes. What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!”
Also part of the wedding ceremony will be Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir. The Kingdom Choir is a Christian gospel group based in the South-East of England and comprises a group of British artists that have performed both home and abroad for over 20 years.
“The Kingdom Choir is truly honoured to be invited to sing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle, and very excited to be taking part in such a historic moment. It will be a moment that we will always treasure, and we’d like to take the opportunity to wish the couple all the very best for their coming union,” founder Karen Gibson added.
The Orchestra will be conducted by Christopher Warren-Green and made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
Also included will, of course, be the State Trumpeters. The trumpeters are drawn from all ranks of the Band of the Household Cavalry and will provide ceremonial support during Harry and Meghan’s wedding ceremony.