Prince Harry and Meghan Markle unveil an eclectic music lineup for their wedding ceremony
The eclectic ensemble for the royal wedding includes the historic Choir of St George’s Chapel, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, composer Christopher Warren Green and The Kingdom Choir.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be walking down the aisle to an extravagant soundtrack. With less than a month to go until the celebrated couple tie the knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel, they have unveiled the official music lineup for their wedding service.
According to the Kensington Palace official Twitter account, the music will consist of choral groups, soloists, and musicians performing “a number of well-known hymns and choral works.”
Since they are marrying at St. George’s Chapel, the church’s choir — The Choir of St George’s Chapel — will also grace the occasion. The historical group, which was founded in 1348, is made up of 23 boys and 12 adult men who sing in the choir.
The eclectic lineup also includes Sheku Kanneh-Mason, an award-winning 19-year-old cellist who is a student at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Kanneh-Mason reportedly got a personal call from Meghan herself asking if he’d play at their wedding ceremony. What an honor for such a young, talented performer!
According to People, Kanneh-Mason was struck with sheer disbelief when he got the call. “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,” the cellist said of the honor. “What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!”
A larger orchestra will also play, with musicians from BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia performing. The orchestra will be led by conductor Christopher Warren-Green.
But there's more diversity to the playlist. The soundtrack for the royal wedding will go beyond the classical tunes. They’ll also bring in a Christian gospel group, Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, to perform. Gibson, the founder and director of the group, said that the group was looking forward to performing on this “historic” occasion.
“The Kingdom Choir is truly honored 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,” Gibson said.
“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.”
The exact songs that will be performed at the wedding haven’t been revealed yet and will likely stay a secret until the day of the wedding. So you'll have to tune in to hear the full set of tunes!
Mark your calendars for a lavish musical feast on May 19.