Universal UK label Decca Records will be recording and releasing the highly anticipated Royal Wedding Ceremony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next month.
The wedding service takes place on May 19th at Windsor Castle. Decca will release the digital album later that same day, marking the first time the entire ceremony will be available to stream globally.
A physical release on CD and vinyl will hit retail on May 25th including a special collector’s booklet.
Musicians confirmed to perform include British cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason, Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, The Choir of St George’s Chapel and Christian gospel group The Kingdom Choir.
The Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, will be made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
State Trumpeters are drawn from all ranks of the Band of the Household Cavalry and will provide ceremonial support during the service.
The music will be under the direction of James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel.
The album will be produced by classical record producer, Anna Barry, who has produced over 500 recordings of distinction for over 25 years.
Her projects range from works by Andrew Lloyd Webber to opera at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev, and many other artists including José Carreras and Zubin Mehta.
“Decca is hugely proud of its historical connections to The Royal Family and is very much looking forward to recording, and making available within hours, this truly special event.”
rebecca allen, decca records
Rebecca Allen, President of Decca Records said: “Decca is hugely proud of its historical connections to The Royal Family and is very much looking forward to recording, and making available within hours, this truly special event.
“This unique and prestigious occasion will be available to stream across all music platforms globally – a first for a Royal Wedding.”
“This will go down in history as the first time a Royal Wedding can be re-lived within hours through the world’s streaming platforms; every word and every note of music.”
dickon stainer, global classics & Jazz
Dickon Stainer, President & CEO, Global Classics & Jazz said: “This will go down in history as the first time a Royal Wedding can be re-lived within hours through the world’s streaming platforms; every word and every note of music.”
Decca will make a donation per album sold to support the charitable work of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Royal Foundation is used as the main vehicle for Their Royal Highnesses’ philanthropic activities, including programmes such as Heads Together, Coach Core, and the Endeavour Fund (reg. charity no. 1132048).
Markle will join The Royal Foundation as its fourth Patron following her marriage.
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