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Title - 'The Royal Wedding - The Official Album'
Artist - Various

For those not in the know, yes, this is the official album of the Wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. With a beautiful shot of the new bride and groom in their royal carriage on the front cover art, The Royal Wedding - The Official Album was recorded live at St George's Chapel, Windsor on the 19th May, 2018.

Released via Decca / Verve label Group in June 1st, 2018, the musicians chosen to perform at the wedding ceremony included 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, was be made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia.

State Trumpeters were drawn from all ranks of the Band of the Household Cavalry, and perfectly provided ceremonial support during the Service at St George's Chapel.

1. "The Arrival Of Her Majesty The Queen - Royal Salute" [The State Trumpeters]
2. "The Arrival Of The Bride - Rejoicing" [The State Trumpeters]
3. "Introit: Eternal Source Of Light Divine" [Elin Manahan Thomas & David Blackadder & Members Of The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales & Members Of The English Chamber Orchestra & Members Of The Philharmonia Orchestra & Christopher Warren-Green]
4. "The Welcome" [by The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean Of Windsor]
5. "The Preface" [by The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean Of Windsor]
6. "Hymn: Lord Of All Hopefulness" [The Choir Of St.George's & Luke Bond, Organ]
7. "The Declarations" [by The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury & Prince Harry & Ms Meghan Markle]
8. "The Collect" [by The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury]
9. "Reading From The Song Of Solomon" [by The Lady Jane Fellowes]
10. "If Ye Love Me" [The Choir Of St.George's Chapel]
11. "The Address" [by The Most Reverend Michael Curry]
12. "Stand By Me" [The Kingdom Choir]
13. "The Vows" [by The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury & Prince Harry & Ms Meghan Markle]
14. "The Giving Of The Rings" [by The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury & Prince Harry & Ms Meghan Markle]
15. "The Proclamation" [by The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury]
16. "The Lord Bless You And Keep You" [Choir Of St.George's Chapel & Luke Bond, Organ]
17. "The Blessing Of The Marriage" [by The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury]
18. "The Prayers" [by Archbishop Angaelos & The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin]
19. "Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwn Rhondda)" [The Choir Of St.George's & Luke Bond, Organ]
20. "The Blessing" [by The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean Of Windsor]
21. "Sicilienne" [Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello]
22. "Après un rêve" [Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello]
23. "Ave Maria" [Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello]
24. "The National Anthem" [The Choir of St Geroge's & Luke Bond, Organ]
25. "Allegro (Symphony No.1 in B flat Major)" [by Members Of The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales & Members Of The English Chamber Orchestra & Members Of The Philharmonia Orchestra & Christopher Warren-Green]
26. "Amen, This Little Light Of Mine" [The Kingdom Choir]
27. "Traditional: Grandsire Triples Quarter Peal" [The Bell Ringers Of St George's]

As for all the music heard that day, inclusive of all 27 tracks here on this quite wondrous CD, fell under the direction of James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel.

OK, yes, I know that the royal ceremony itself was the spectacle to behold, sure, but for me, the music was, of course, the main highlight. That said, it's not just music to be found here on this CD for it's the complete wedding package: all the music, vows and sermons!

Opening with the traditional "The Arrival Of Her Majesty The Queen - Royal Salute" by The State Trumpeters, at a mere 25 seconds it may well only be a quick appetizer of what's to come, but hold me down if I'm lying when I say that it sends shivers up the spine in expectancy for what's to follow!

In truth, the first half of the CD is rather heavier on the spoken word sermons and such, with the actual vows being taken falling under "The Declarations" about a third of the way in. The ring exchange comes later in "The Giving Of The Rings" halfway through.

The longest piece is "The Address", where Revered Michael Curry talks, with touches of humor sprinkled in for nearly fifteen minutes!

However, there is room for some wondrous music and that first comes to life on "If Ye Love Me" (composed by Tallis), performed by the Choir of St. George's Chapel. Later we hear a stunning, simply stunning "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwn Rhondda)" from the very same Choir.

For those amongst you that are more orchestral-minded (and less choral) can also feast here, for we get brought forth a delightful set of works by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Philharmonia Orchestra on pieces such as Fauré's "Après un rêve" and Schubert's "Ave Maria" (with solo by British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason).

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