Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: All the music played during the service

September 19, 2022, 13:55

All music played at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

All music was played at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

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As the nation says a final farewell to Her Majesty, here’s a full schedule of all the music featured during her funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, 2022.

The service was led by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Dean of Westminster, with music sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and His Majesty’s Chapel Royal Choir.

The organist at Westminster Abbey, James O’Donnell, directed the choirs and sub-organist Peter Holder, and assistant organist, Matthew Juris, while on duty.

The service included three hymns, two anthems and two new works composed for the concert by Scottish composer Sir James Macmillan and Lady of the King Judith Weir.

Other notable musicians include home cavalry trumpeters, led by trumpet Major Julian Sandford, and the Fanfare squad of family division troupes, led by Lieutenant Colonel David Barringer MBE, commanding officer, home division troupes, and Queen Piper, Petty Officer 1st Class (Pape Major ) Paul Burns, who performed the service.

The Queen’s coffin is now being flown to Windsor Castle for televised service – here’s all the music you’ll hear at St George’s Chapel.

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What music was played on the organ at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

Before the concert began, Matthew Juris, assistant organist at Westminster Abbey, played the following music.

  • Four-part fantasy – Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) Westminster Abbey organist 1623-25
  • Romanza (Symphony No. 5 in D) – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) arranged by Robert Queenie (born in 1976)
  • RELIQUI DOMUM MUM – Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016)
  • Reflect on “Brother James’s Air” – Harold Dark (1888–1976)
  • Introduction to “Ecce jam noctis” Essay No. 157 No. 3 – Healy Whelan (1880-1968)
  • Psalm 1 Introduction Collection No. 2 – Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
  • In State 194 No. 2 – Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
  • Fantasy on “Oh Heaven” – Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003)
  • Epitaph No. 58 – Edward Elgar (1857-1934) arranged by Matthew Jurish (born 1992)

Then Peter Holder, sub-organist at Westminster Abbey, played the following acts by Edward Elgar before the procession of religious representatives moved to their places in the nave and the sanctuary for the funeral.

  • Andante espressivo (Sonata in G Op.28)
  • Reference Sospiri 70

At the end of the service, Holder performed Fantasia in C minor BWV 562 by Johann Sebastian Bach while the coffin and procession left the abbey.

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What did the choir sing when the coffin procession entered?

As the procession of the coffin moved through the abbey, the choir of Westminster Abbey sang the funeral sentences.

  • I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord – John 11:25-26
  • I know that my Savior lives – Job 19:25-27
  • We brought nothing into this world – William Croft, 1 Timothy 6:7; Job 1:21
  • You know, O Lord, the secrets of our hearts – Henry Purcell, Book of Common Prayer (1549)
  • I heard a voice from heaven saying to me – William Croft, Revelation 13:14

What hymns were sung at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

Worshipers are invited to sing three hymns during the funeral ceremonies at different times during the service. These were the hymns

  • Your day is over, Lord
  • The Lord is my shepherd
  • Divine love, everyone loves excellence

The first hymn, “The Day the Lord Is Finished,” was sung after the show was given by Reverend Dr. David Howell MBE, Dean of Westminster. Notably, this hymn was performed as part of the celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1897.

The second hymn, “The Lord’s My Shepherd,” was one of Her Majesty’s favorite pieces of music, appearing in the top 10 list of the late Queen’s music tracks revealed in 2016. This hymn was sung after a second reading, which was read by The Right Honorable Elizabeth Truss. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

He sang “Divine Love, All Love Supremacy” after the Lord’s Prayer. The hymn was written by prolific hymn writer, Charles Wesley, who has written over 6,500 hymns including Listen! Angels Herald sings.

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What choral music was played at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

Two new pieces of music have been composed specifically for the concert by surviving British composers.

The first, “Like a Hart,” is an unaccompanied musical preparation of Psalm 42 from the Book of Common Prayer by British composer, and master of King Music, Judith Weir CBE.

The composer explained before the ceremony that “Her Majesty’s strong belief in and support for Anglican worship was an inspiration” when setting the psalm to music.

Weir has written new music for many national and royal events, including most recently, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. She says her music was always recognized, and often personal, by the late Queen.

Talking to Moira Stewart For the third series of Moira Stewart meets…on Classic FM the evening before Her Majesty’s funeral, Ware told Stewart that the ceremony would be “a beautiful occasion to perform…even as a musical experience.”

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The second specially composed piece is the Service Anthem, a preparation for a text from the New Testament The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans by Scottish composer Sir James Macmillan.

The choir also performed Hubert Parry’s anthem, “My Soul, There’s a Country,” one of six movements composed by the composer. farewell songs. Barry is a favorite of King Charles III, and in 2021, the then Prince of Wales made a film about Barry’s life titled, Prince and composer.

The preparation of Psalm 34 by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Taste and see how generous the Lord is,” composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, is sung after the prayer.

What music was played at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

The Last Post was launched by trumpeters of the Household Cavalry from the steps of Our Lady’s Church, led by trumpet pioneer Julian Sandford.

A two-minute silence followed, heard across the UK, and concluded with the sounding of The Reville by a state trumpeter.

After that, the devotees sang the national anthem, “God Save the King.” Then the Sovereign’s Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Petty Officer (Major pipe) Paul Burns, played the traditional lament, “Sleep, dear, sleep.”

What music will be played at the commissioning service of Queen Elizabeth II?

Her Majesty’s Referral Service will take place at 4pm at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The service will be sung by the choir of St George’s Chapel, led by James Vivian, Director of Music. The organ will be played by Luke Bond, Assistant Music Director.

Before the concert begins, Bond will play a selection of tracks including works by Dame Ethel Smyth and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

A hymn will be sung during the service; The first, “All My Hope on God is Founded,” will follow the bidding in service, and the second, “Christ is the sure foundation,” to the music of English composer, Henry Purcell.

The Queen’s Piper, Pipe Major James M.Banks, will once again play a lament before the end of the service, which will be followed by a performance of the British national anthem, “God Save the King”. The ceremony will conclude with the same voluntary funeral as before, preface and regiment in the C Minor BWV 562 for Johann Sebastian Bach.

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