Music For A Royal Celebration


Music from the Service of Prayer and Dedication to Celebrate the Marriage of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

Philharmonia Orchestra
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor
Timothy Byram-Wigfield, conductor
Ekaterina Semenchuk – mezzo-soprano
Gordon Hunt – oboe
Roger Judd – organ

Released to mark the First Anniversary of the wedding of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, this CD is a record of an extraordinary musical occasion featuring a glittering array of international star, including the Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk whose appearance was a “gift” to the Royal couple from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.


My wife and I were so delighted when it was suggested by the Philharmonia that this CD might be recorded to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and benefit The Prince’s Charities Foundation. The musical aspect of our Service of Dedication was something in which we took a particular interest and pleasure in planning. We tried to choose music that not only had personal resonances for us both but which also made the very best use of the remarkable artists who so generously offered their services.

Much of the music that you will hear on this recording was played whilst the congregation was arriving and, of course, before we arrived ourselves. It is a particular treat to be able to hear all of this repertoire recorded alongside the music that actually featured in the Service itself, thus making a complete musical record of the day. I would like to extend our particular thanks to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green, Alun Hoddinott, Gordon Hunt, The Choir of St George’s Chapel Windsor, Charlotte Manley, Timothy Byram-Wigfield, Roger Judd, Ekaterina Semenchuk and the Mariinsky Theatre Trust, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Rosemary Furniss, Julian Milone and, most particularly, Countess Yoko Ceschina for making this recording possible. We very much hope that you enjoy listening to it.


    William Walton
  1. Suite from Henry V: Overture - The Globe Playhouse
  2. Suite from Henry V: Passacaglia - Death of Falstaff
  3. Suite from Henry V: Charge and Battle
  4. Suite from Henry V: Touch Her Soft Lips And Part
  5. Suite from Henry V: Agincourt Song
  6. Georg Frideric Handel
  7. Water Music: Suite in G Major: No 16 (Minuet)
  8. Water Music: Suite in F Major: No 6: Air
  9. Gerald Finzi
  10. Romance
  11. Peter Maxwell-Davies
  12. Farewell to Stromness
  13. Edward Elgar
  14. Serenade: (i) Allegro piacevole
  15. Serenade: (ii) Larghetto
  16. Serenade: (iii) Allegretto
  17. Two Elegiac Melodies: Last Spring
  18. Tomaso Albinoni
  19. Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio
  20. Alexandre Gretchaninoff
  21. The Creed
  22. J.S. Bach
  23. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
  24. Benjamin Britten
  25. The National Anthem arr. Benjamin Britten
  26. Alun Hoddinott
  27. Celebration Fanfare
  28. Georg Frideric Handel
  29. Water Music: Suite No 2 in D major: Overture
  30. Water Music: Suite No 2 in D major: Alla Hornpipe