May Deanery


By Peter Niedmann

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is fast approaching- May 19th at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The groom is a member of the British royal family. The bride is an American actress. As a result, coverage of the couple in the US media has been extensive.

While most people watching the wedding on television will be studying her dress, the women’s hats, the subtle body language of the bride and groom–we church musicians have other concerns…

What pieces are being played while people arrive in the chapel? What is the processional voluntary? What are the hymns? Whose descant is that? Which chant is sung for the psalm? Do we like the commissioned anthem? Who are the organists and directors? Which choirs are combining for the service? Are there any American musical references in recognition of the bride’s native country? [Wouldn’t Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man sound fantastic right before she walks down the aisle?]

It’s widely agreed that nobody does ceremony and church music better than the English. So, the chance to virtually “be there” at this festive occasion while it happens should be a great treat for us all.

Rule, Britannia!