King Charles Coronation: More Music Details Revealed Following Confirmation Of Take That

King Charles Coronation: More Music Details Revealed Following Confirmation Of Take That

On Friday, it was confirmed that music legends Take That and Katy Perry would be among the acts to perform at the Coronation Concert on 7 May, the day after the Coronation of King Charles III.

Now, more details about the music that will feature during the ceremony, which will take place on 6 May, have been confirmed. The new monarch has played a part in the composition of 12 new pieces of music which will showcase and celebrate musical talent from across the United Kingdom and further afield.

The new compositions have all come from composers from all forms of the genre, including classical to television to musical theatre.

Half of the pieces will be played before the King and Queen Consort arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service, and they will be complemented by a programme mostly comprised of British music from the past 350 years.

Orchestral commissions will be played by the Coronation Orchestra, as per the King’s wishes, which is made up of musicians from eight separate orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Regina Symphony Orchestra, which is based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

History will be made at the Coronation as Paul Mealor’s composition, Coronation Kyrie, will mark the first time that a Welsh language performance will be featured at a Coronation. It will be sung by Sir Bryn Terfel and the Choir of Westminster Abbey.

One of the main pieces of music will be Make a Joyful Noise, which will be the official anthem for the event and has been composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Speaking about his composition, the legendary composer explained: “I had the good fortune to discuss the text with His Majesty, the King. We discussed the writings of Solomon and I suggested adapting Psalm 98 with its message of ‘Make A Joyful Noise unto the Lord, the King’.

“It seems so appropriate to the moment in the Coronation service. I played and tried to sing, my early score for The King a few weeks ago. I have composed a short opening and closing fanfare, which will be played by the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal Air Force. The anthem is scored for the wonderful Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Coronation Orchestra.”

Further details about the Coronation and the full music programme are under wraps, but they will be released in early May, ahead of the service.

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