Wedding music at the Music and Dance Library

CD covers from royal events in library display

To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Music and Dance Library’s display this month focuses on weddings and the music performed in them.

What the musicians will play and sing at the wedding this coming weekend is under wraps until the big day, but appears to be a mix of traditional English wedding music and more modern selections. On display are selections of traditional wedding music from our sheet music collection and CDs of non-wedding music by some of the artists who are performing at the wedding.

Details of the musicians and groups performing during the wedding service are reported on the British Royal Family website. In addition to the trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry and the choristers of St George’s Chapel, there were be a wedding orchestra, made up of musicians from the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. There are also featured soloists from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the gospel choir Karen Gibson and The Kingdom. Musically the ceremony promises to be quite a varied programme, and rather different from the traditional royal wedding.

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