News that Decca Records will release a live recording of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony next month within hours of the service ending piqued my interest.
Cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason (signed to Decca), Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, The Choir of St George’s Chapel and Christian gospel group The Kingdom Choir will feature, so too a specially formed orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green featuring musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia, plus trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry.
The official recording will be available to listen
I’ll admit that I’ve found the announcements about the forthcoming wedding a little tiresome – a reflection of the febrile times we find ourselves in. Seeing leaks about the Windrush generation debacle makes news about a royal wedding or a royal birth appear like half-hearted distractions. I wonder whether that will shift as we get closer to the event.
News of Decca’s sound recording release prompted me to go through my now depleted record collection looking for the last Royal Wedding I recall there being a record made available from.
It seems incredible that it was 32 years ago since Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew’s wedding (and that they’ve since divorced). I recall there being quite a lot of fuss made by the BBC about making a pressed vinyl recording of the entire service the following day – a sort of early prototype of the present-day iPlayer. I was 14 at the time. And I recall making a beeline to get it. Odd, I know. Says a lot about me.
But there is an important point to be made about such events. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s wedding was where I first heard Elgar’s Imperial March. Similarly, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate. Such occasions as royal weddings are, whether you’re an avid watcher of them or not, TV moments which build higher than normal viewing figures.
A greater number of pairs of eyes on an