Music for a Royal Wedding

Music by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            So many people find “The Royals” incredibly interesting.  Everything about them fascinates the “common” folk and eyes are glued to televisions, magazines and newspapers any time a tidbit about “The Royals” makes the news.  With the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the question on the lips of the masses are: What will they be wearing?;  What will they arrive in?;  What food will be served at the reception?; and of course, What music will be playing?  Silva Screen Records has released Music for a Royal Wedding, a sixteen track album featuring a hand-picked selection of some of the standout musical selections from past royal weddings.

            The music on this album is performed by various artists including The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, London Music Works, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Band of the Irish Guards and more.  The songs are performed by Lesley Garrett, Britain’s most popular soprano.

            Whenever the royal families are involved, there is certainly a whole lot of fanfare and the album begins fittingly with the thirty second track entitled Fanfare for a Festive Occasion.  The music was composed by Arthur Benjamin and was featured at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  What could be more fitting to open this album than a trumpet fanfare?  Of the tracks, perhaps the most recognizable wedding fare would be Richard Wagner’s Bridal March from Lohengrin, more commonly known as Here Comes the Bride, which appears on Track 5.  Also quite recognizable from weddings all over the world is the Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, most often performed after the couple is pronounced husband and wife.

            Some of the more beautiful tracks on the album include Sous Le Dôme Épais, also known as the Flower Duet; For the Love of a Princess, the love theme from Braveheart composed by James Horner; Canon in D Major, composed by Johan Pachelbel and The Balcony Scene from William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, composed by Craig Armstrong

            So, for all of the folks who love hearing about the royal family and who are currently wondering just what kind of music will appear at William and Kate’s wedding, Music for a Royal Wedding may just give you an idea.  For those of us out there planning their own weddings who wish to model their wedding after some of the most prominent members of the royal family, this album is right up your alley.  Who knows, maybe a song from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton may end up on the next Music for a Royal Wedding album some years in the future.


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