When Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle next month, the ceremony will be recorded live and released on Decca Records within hours of the service ending. Decca is capturing the entire Royal Wedding service which will include a performance by their star cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
Last June, Prince Harry saw 19-year-old Sheku play at an event in London in support of the work of Antiguan charity The Halo Foundation, and was clearly impressed with his performance. Sheku says of the opportunity, “I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. 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!”
Sheku, who won BBC Young Musician 2016 and released his debut album Inspiration this year, has garnered huge critical acclaim for his performances with The Times describing him as “spellbinding” and “magnetic”, ensuring that this Royal Wedding performance is sure to be an unforgettable one.
The official recording of the Wedding Service, to be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday May 19, will be available to listen to at home that same day and released into retail stores around the world from May 25 through Decca. The physical album will include a special collector’s booklet and will also be made available on vinyl.
Decca President Rebecca Allen, says “Decca is hugely proud of its historical connections to The Royal Family and is very much looking forward to recording, and making available within hours, this truly special event. This unique and prestigious occasion will be available to stream across all music platforms globally - a first for a Royal Wedding.”
Decca will make a donation per album sold to support the charitable work of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Royal Foundation is used as the main vehicle for Their Royal Highnesses' philanthropic activities and Ms. Markle will join The Royal Foundation as its fourth Patron.
Confirmed to perform at the wedding ceremony alongside Sheku include Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, The Choir of St George’s Chapel and Christian gospel group The Kingdom Choir. The orchestra will be made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia all under the direction by James Vivian, Director of Music at St George’s Chapel. The album will be produced by one of the world's finest classical record producers, Anna Barry.
Decca previously recorded and released the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, as well as the Wedding of The Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. This uniquely original new recording will be the next in a historic line to mark major milestones for The Royal Family, and it will be entering the homes of millions across the world.