King Charles coronation: Monarch turns to ‘Cats’ composer Andrew Lloyd Webber for flagship coronation music
Britain’s King Charles III has enlisted the assistance of acclaimed British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to put in writing the flagship anthem for his upcoming coronation.
Charles’s coronation will happen on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London, and can see Camilla, Queen Consort topped alongside her husband.
The King has personally chosen the musical program for the service, which is able to see “a range of musical styles and performers blend tradition, heritage and ceremony with new musical voices of today,” in accordance with Buckingham Palace.
Twelve new items of music have been ready for the event – together with six orchestral works, 5 choral items and one organ fee – by a number of world-renowned composers whose kinds embrace classical, sacred, movie, tv and musical theater.
Famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose hit musicals “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera” have been carried out all over the world, stated he was “incredibly honoured” to be concerned.
“My anthem includes words slightly adapted from Psalm 98. I have scored it for the Westminster Abbey choir and organ, the ceremonial brass and orchestra,” Lloyd Webber stated. “I hope my anthem reflects this joyful occasion.”
A Coronation March has been written by Patrick Doyle, an award-winning Scottish composer greatest identified for his work on movies like “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Gosford Park” and “Carlito’s Way.”
One of the extra sentimental inclusions from the King is his option to have Greek Orthodox music performed in the course of the service, carried out by the Byzantine Chant Ensemble, in tribute to his father, the late Prince Philip, who died two years in the past.
Meanwhile, musical themes from international locations throughout the Commonwealth will characteristic in Iain Farrington’s new solo organ fee. The different new works have been created by Sarah Class, Nigel Hess, Paul Mealor, Tarik O’Regan, Roxanna Panufnik, Shirley J. Thompson, Judith Weir, Roderick Williams, and Debbie Wiseman.
A handpicked gospel choir – The Ascension Choir – can be set to carry out as a part of the service, along with the Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. They will likely be joined by woman choristers from the Chapel Choir of Methodist College, Belfast and from Truro Cathedral Choir. The conventional “Vivat” acclamations will likely be proclaimed by the King’s Scholars of Westminster School.
Andrew Nethsingha, organist and grasp of the choristers at Westminster Abbey, stated all coronation providers are a mix of “deeply-rooted tradition and contemporary innovation” and praised the brand new British monarch for “choosing fine musicians and accessible, communicative music for this great occasion.”
The ceremony may even embrace historic music featured in coronation providers over the previous 4 centuries by the likes of William Byrd, George Frideric Handel, Edward Elgar, Henry Walford Davies, William Walton, Hubert Parry and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Antonio Pappano, musical director of the Royal Opera House and conductor of the Coronation Orchestra, stated: “His Majesty has chosen a most beautiful and varied programme that I believe will enhance the splendour of this very special celebration.”
Buckingham Palace beforehand revealed the coronation will likely be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry,” performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
The three-day weekend in the beginning of May is about to incorporate grand processions by way of central London, a star-studded live performance at Windsor Castle along with celebrations throughout the nation. Britons have been given an additional financial institution vacation and members of the general public are being invited to affix “The Big Help Out” by volunteering of their communities.
“Everyone is invited to join in, on any day,” Michelle Donelan, UK tradition secretary, stated in a press release. “Whether that is by hosting a special street party, watching the Coronation ceremony or spectacular concert on TV, or stepping forward during The Big Help Out to help causes that matter to them.”