King Charles III’s coronation: Who’s performing at the ceremony
4:26 AM EDT, Fri April 28, 2023
South African soprano Pretty Yende is set to become the first African to perform at a British coronation. Yende will perform "Sacred Fire," a new composition by classical and film composer Sarah Class at the ceremony on May 6 at Westminster Abbey, London. Buckingham Palace has released details of who else will be performing at the coronation of King Charles III. Scroll through the gallery to learn more.
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Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will perform "Coronation Kyrie" by Paul Mealor alongside the Choir of Westminster Abbey. It will be the first Welsh-language performance at a coronation, according to Buckingham Palace. "It is a cry from the deep soul of the hills and valleys of Wales for hope, peace, love and friendship," said Mealor in a statement.
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Peter Holder is the sub-organist at Westminster Abbey, who alongside assistant organist Matthew Jorysz will perform on the day.
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Andrew Nethsingha, organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, will oversee all musical arrangement and direct the service's music, said the palace.
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Acclaimed composer of musical theater Andrew Lloyd Webber (pictured April 16, 2023 at the closing performance of "Phantom of the Opera" in New York), has been commissioned to write a new coronation anthem, "Make a Joyful Noise." "My anthem includes words slightly adapted from Psalm 98. I have scored it for the Westminster Abbey choir and organ, the ceremonial brass and orchestra. I hope my anthem reflects this joyful occasion," Lloyd Webber said in a statement.
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Alis Huws is the official royal harpist -- a tradition revived by King Charles in 2000. She will perform "Tros y Garreg" ("Crossing the Stone") by Sir Karl Jenkins alongside the Coronation Orchestra, a piece of music commissioned by the then-Prince of Wales over two decades ago, according to the palace.
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Antonio Pappano is musical director of the Royal Opera House and will conduct the Coronation Orchestra, led by Vasko Bassilev, principal guest concert master. The orchestra will include musicians from orchestras of which the former Prince of Wales was a patron.
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The Choir of Westminster Abbey, pictured on Commonwealth Day, March 13, 2023. They will be joined by the Choir of His Majesty's Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, along with girl choristers of the Chapel Choir of Methodist College, Belfast and Truro Cathedral Choir to sing the service. The Ascension Choir -- the first gospel choir to sing at a coronation -- will perform "Alleluia (O Sing Praises)," a new composition by Debbie Wiseman, a TV and film composer.
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John Eliot Gardiner (center) will conduct the English Baroque soloists and the Monteverdi Choir (pictured Bologna, Italy, May 2018) as part of the pre-service program.
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Baritone Roderick Williams (pictured at the English National Opera, November 2018) is both a soloist at the coronation ceremony and part of a trio of composers who have created "Be Thou my Vision -- Triptych for Orchestra." The piece is based on one of King Charles' favorite hymns, said the palace.