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The Royal Wedding - The Official Album

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Released just hours after Prince William and the new Duchess of Cambridge said "I do," this Decca compilation is a chance for those staunch royalists to relive the biggest Royal Wedding since Charles and Diana in its entirety. Produced by Anita Barry, this audio keepsake of the historical event features the marriage vows from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the reading from Kate's brother, James Middleton, and the address, the blessing, and the prayers, but it's the musical contributions that provide the pomp and grandeur necessary for such an occasion. Alongside the traditional fanfare greeting the arrival of the Queen and the national anthem, there are more personal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Released just hours after Prince William and the new Duchess of Cambridge said "I do," this Decca compilation is a chance for those staunch royalists to relive the biggest Royal Wedding since Charles and Diana in its entirety. Produced by Anita Barry, this audio keepsake of the historical event features the marriage vows from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the reading from Kate's brother, James Middleton, and the address, the blessing, and the prayers, but it's the musical contributions that provide the pomp and grandeur necessary for such an occasion. Alongside the traditional fanfare greeting the arrival of the Queen and the national anthem, there are more personal selections from the bride and groom, such as organist Robert Quinney's "Prelude on Rhosymedre," the Choir of Westminster Abbey's rendition of "Ubi Caritas," and the London Chamber Orchestra's arrangement of the march originally penned for the coronation of George VI, "Imperial Crown," as well as a specially commissioned composition, "This Is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made," from British composer John Rutter. Elsewhere, there are several pieces with emotive connections to the groom's side of the family, including "I Was Glad," the Hubert Parry introit that appeared at his parents' 1981 wedding; the congregational hymn "Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)," which was sung at Princess Diana's 1997 funeral; and Charles Wesley's Christian hymn "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling," which was also chosen at Prince Charles' 2005 marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall. Showcasing what the British do best, The Royal Wedding: The Official Album is a comprehensive souvenir of the momentous occasion that appears to have rejuvenated some much needed pride to the nation's monarchy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602527684222
  • Catalog Number: 001560402
  • Sales rank: 138,275

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Choir of Westminster Abbey Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus
Central Band of the Royal Air Force Ensemble
Andrew Gant Choir Master
Christopher Warren-Green Conductor
Duncan Stubbs Conductor
London Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Andrew Grant Vocals
James O'Donnell Conductor, Choir Master
Choir of HM Chapel Royal Choir, Chorus
Rowan Williams Narrator, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Robert Quinney Organ
John Hall Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Household Cavalry Trumpeters Ensemble
Grant Sewell-Jones Conductor
Thomas Fetherstonhaugh Treble Vocals
James Middleton Narrator, Readings
John Hall Narrator
Richard Chartres Narrator, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central band of the RAF Ensemble
HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Michael Macey Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Technical Credits
Thomas Arne Composer
Edward Elgar Arranger
Hubert Parry Composer
John Rutter Arranger, Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
William Walton Composer
Charles-Marie Widor Composer
William Blake Lyricist
Mike Hatch Engineer
Christopher Warren-Green Music Direction
Duncan Stubbs Composer, Music Direction
Anna Barry Producer
Jackie Joseph Music Business Affairs, Legal Advisor
Gordon Jacob Arranger
Andrew Grant Artist
Paul Mealor Composer
English Anonymous Composer
James O'Donnell Arranger
Spoken Word Composer
William P. Rowlands Composer
Welsh Traditional Composer
William Williams Lyricist
John Hughes Composer
John Milton Lyricist
Charles Wesley Lyricist
Charles Parry Composer
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