Decca Records, one of Britain’s historic record labels, decided to release Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s entire wedding ceremony on the world’s foremost download and streaming platforms within hours of the service ending.
The Official Album of the event was held in Westminster Abbey Friday — April 29th — and will be rush released, available everywhere in the U.S. on May 10th.
Musicians who performed at the ceremony include The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, The London Chamber Orchestra and The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
The Choirs were under the direction of Mr James O’Donnell and The London Chamber Orchestra conducted by its Music Director and Principle Conductor Mr Christopher Warren-Green.[ Also Read: Who Made the Earrings of Catherine Middleton? ]
Dickon Stainer, president of Decca Records, said: “This will be the first Official Royal Wedding Album ever to enter the worldwide digital charts. It will capture a piece of history for a new generation.”
Decca Records is a part of Universal Music, the world’s leading record company, which also released the recording of The Wedding of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.
The uniquely original new recording will be the next in a historic line to mark major milestones for the royal family, and as such it will enter the homes of millions across the whole world, says Decca Label Group.[ Also Read: Kate or Diana: Who’s More Beautiful? ]
The physical album will include a special collector’s booklet featuring the complete order of service, the readings, vows, hymns and blessings, and all the music from this global event with one the biggest audiences in television history. The format of release will be digital download, CD and vinyl to cater to consumers of all ages.
The album is produced by one of the world’s finest classical record producers, Anna Barry, who has produced over 500 recordings of distinction for over 25 years, ranging from works by Andrew Lloyd Webber to opera at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev, and many other artists including Jose Carreras and Zubin Mehta.
The multi-Grammy-nominated producer said of the Royal Wedding recording: “This is a great honor and an enormous responsibility. The wedding means so much to millions of people all over the world — we had to capture every note and every nuance perfectly and have the recording ready within minutes of the end of the ceremony.”
- The Arrival of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh – Fanfare
- The Procession of The Queen – March from The Birds (Parry)
- Prelude on Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams)
- The Procession of the Bride – Anthem: I Was Glad (Parry)
- Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda) (Hughes)
- The Welcome and Introduction
- The Marriage
- The Vows
- Hymn: Love Divine (Blaenwern) (Rowlands)
- The Lesson
- The Anthem: This is the Day Which The Lord Hath Made (Rutter)
- The Address
- The Motet: Ubi Caritas (Mealor)
- The Prayers
- Hymn: Jerusalem (Parry)
- The Blessing
- The National Anthem (Trad.)
- The Signing of the Register – Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry)
- Fanfare: Valiant and Brave (Stubbs)
- The Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom – Crown Imperial (Walton)
- Toccata from Symphonie V (Widor)
Decca Label Group made this announcement Friday, April 29.
Photo courtesy: Decca Label Group