What music was performed at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding? Andrea Bocelli, State Trumpeters and the RPO

12 October 2018, 11:18 | Updated: 15 October 2018, 09:12

Find out about all the music in the ceremony at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, which took place last Friday in St George's Chapel, Windsor

The royal couple wed on Friday 12 October in the same church where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their marriage earlier this year.

Like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank included traditional musical elements in their service, while also giving the service their personal touch.

Read more: What music was performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding?

The music

At 10.15am the RPO, conducted by Barry Wordsworth plays:

March from A Moorside Suite – Holst

Suite for Strings – John Rutter

Minuet from A Downland Suite – John Ireland

An English Suite – Parry

Allegretto from Serenade for Strings – Elgar

The arrival of the bride

Adventus – a specially composed fanfare by Lieutenant Colonel Darren Wolfendale

Pièce d'Orgue – J.S. Bach (performed by Peter Roper-Curzon

Andrea Bocelli performs:

'Ave Maria' by J.S. Bach, arranged by Gounod, with the RPO and conducted by Carlo Bernini. Find out more about this piece >

'Panis Angelicus' by Franck. Find out more about this piece >

The anthem

A Gaelic Blessing – John Rutter (performed by the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor)

The signing of the registers

'Ubi caritas' – Maurice Duruflé (performed by the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor)

'My spirit sang all day' – Gerald Finzi

Pieds-en-l'air (from the Capriol Suite) – Peter Warlock

The National Anthem

The Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom

Final from 1ère Symphonic, Op.14 – Louis Vierne

Organ Music

Before the service, organ scholar Lucy Morrell performs:

Organ Sonata No.3 in A major – Mendelssohn

Prelude and Fugue in G major – J.S. Bach

Chanson de Matin – Elgar

From 9.40am, assistant director Luke Bond performs:

Mohrentanz – Tylman Sustao

Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 29 – J.S. Bach

Presto comodo (from Op. 28) – Sir Edward Elgar

Intrada – Grayston Ives

Allegro (from Trio Sonata No. 5), BWV 529 J.S. Bach

As the Choir and Clergy arrive, Peter Roper-Curzon plays:

Allegro from Organ Sonata No.1 – J.S. Bach

Rhosymedre – Vaughan Williams

What will the hymns be?

The director of music at St George's Chapel, James Vivian, has written new descants for two of the hymns that will be performed at the ceremony:

'Glorious things of thee are spoken' (text: John Newton; music: Cyril Taylor; descant: James Vivian)

'Immortal, invisible, Gold only wise' (text: W. Chalmers Smith; music: John Roberts)

'Love Divine, all loves excelling' (text: Charles Wesley; music: William Rowlands; descant: James Vivian)

James Vivian also directed the music during the wedding service for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the choir was made up of 23 boy choristers and 12 lay clerks.

Who are the musicians?

The world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform two songs during the ceremony: 'Ave Maria' and 'Panis Angelicus'.

The music will be provided by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – the Princess' father the Duke of York is the orchestra's Patron. The conductors are Carlo Bernini and Barry Wordsworth. James Williams, the RPO’s managing director, said in a press release: “It has been a great pleasure to work with HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank to plan the music for their special day and we wish the couple much happiness for their future together.”

The organ will be played by Luke Bond, assistant director of music at St George's Chapel Windsor.

Military musicians

There will also be a specially composed fanfare performed by the State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry – who recently performed in their stunning regalia at Classic FM Live.

State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry
State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Images

Pipers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform from the Garter Tower as the royal couple set off in a carriage after the ceremony.

The military involvement in the ceremony has a personal link for Jack Brooksbank, whose great grandfather, Sir Jack Coke, was an officer in the Scots Guards.

How can you watch the wedding?

The royal wedding will be broadcast live on ITV as part of an extended edition of This Morning, on Friday 12 October from 9.25am.

The Quire of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
The Quire of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images