“This will be a truly historic recording, capturing a glorious range of music from across centuries and continents..."
Millions of people across the globe watched it in real-time, and now the Coronation Ceremony for Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla can be heard all over again through an official album released by Decca Records.
The album doesn’t contain the Coronation Concert, so there’s no Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Take That or Nicole Scherzinger on the tracklist.
Dubbed an “incredibly three-dimensional experience sonically” by the multi-Grammy-nominated album producer Anna Barry, the official Coronation was recorded in high-definition surround sound.
The official album is four hours long and can be pre-ordered through JB Hi-Fi for a 19 May release date. Pre-order your copy here.
Barry said about the Coronation recording, “This will be a truly historic recording, capturing a glorious range of music from across centuries and continents, reflecting the worldwide interest in our traditions, covering multiple locations in the wonderful acoustic of Westminster Abbey, and involving an unprecedented technical plan to present the entire experience to the world on the day itself.
"Balance engineer Mike Hatch, I and the team are honoured and excited to be a part of this.”
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Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, James Williams, added, “This recording provides a unique opportunity to capture a moment in musical history, allowing listeners around the world to share in the thrill of hearing every note and every word from the Coronation Service live from Westminster Abbey.
“Blending tradition with modernity, the music programme includes the world premiere of no less than 12 new commissions personally chosen by His Majesty The King, and it’s wonderful that this recording will amplify these new works to reach worldwide audiences.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber, the music legend behind the Coronation anthem for King Charles, Make A Joyful Noise, concluded, “I had the good fortune to discuss the text with His Majesty The King. We discussed the writings of Solomon and I suggested adapting Psalm 98 with its message of ‘Make A Joyful Noise unto the Lord, the King’.
“It seems so appropriate to the moment in the Coronation service. I played, and tried to sing, my early score for The King a few weeks ago. I have composed a short opening and closing fanfare, which will be played by the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal Air Force. The anthem is scored for the wonderful Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Coronation Orchestra.”
You can find King Charles III’s favourite songs ever recorded here.