Meghan Markle Got Personally Involved to Secure This Aspect of Her Wedding
It almost feels like the Palace, knowing the great interest the general public has in every single detail of the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry wedding (coming to a television screen near you on May 19), is deliberately taunting us with its dissemination of information, providing a new piece or detail every few days, enough to tide us over, while still leaving much up in the air.
Tuesday, the Palace issued a release about the music that will be employed for the wedding service at St. George’s Chapel. The Palace noted in its statement that the couple “have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service,” which will involve “hymns and choral works.” The director will be—try not to be too shocked—the director of music at St. George’s Chapel, James Vivian.
Vivian, of course, is excited about the charge (though seems to be playing it a bit cool, at least based on this quote). “The Choristers, Lay Clerks, Organists, and I are very much looking forward to this exciting day and are pleased to be performing at the service music chosen by the couple,” he said. “We are also looking forward to welcoming to St. George’s musical colleagues from near and far who will be performing at this very special and joyful occasion.”
Harry and Markle have selected a number of performers: the choir of St. George’s Chapel (made up of about 40 individuals); Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old cellist who won the BBC Young Musician prize in 2016; gospel conductor Karen Gibson and her Kingdom Choir; and several others.
Kanneh-Mason, in particular, noted that he received a call from Markle herself: “I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes. What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!”
No word yet, however, on what the music will be for the reception. Rumors have flown about who the couple might ask to sing (Elton John!? Adele!?); one certainty, though, is that they will not be asking Liam Payne.