The music for The Queen’s committal service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Citadel

19 September 2022, 13:12 | Up to date: 19 September 2022, 16:37

The Committal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
The Committal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will happen at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Citadel.

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After Her Majesty’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in London, the Queen’s coffin can be taken to Windsor Citadel for a televised committal service in St George’s Chapel. Right here’s all of the music you’ll hear through the service.

The committal service will happen at 4pm at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Citadel, 4 hours after the late Queen’s State Funeral ceremony concludes at Westminster Abbey, London.

Throughout the committal service for Queen Elizabeth II, the Choir of St George’s Chapel can be carried out by James Vivian, Director of Music and the organ can be performed by Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music.

The ceremony can be led by The Proper Reverend David Conner, KC VO, Dean of Windsor and the blessing can be pronounced by The Most Reverend and The Proper Honourable Justin Welby, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan.

A number of the music within the Committal Service was composed by Sir William Henry Harris, who was the Organist of St George’s Chapel between 1933 and 1961 and is believed to have taught the then Princess Elizabeth the piano as a toddler.

Right here’s all of the music that can be featured throughout this half-an-hour service.

Learn extra: Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: All of the music that can be performed through the service

What music can be performed on the organ at Queen Elizabeth II’s committal service?

Previous to the beginning of the ceremony the organ can be performed by St George’s Organ Scholar, Miriam Reveley. Afterwards, the Assistant Director of Music, Luke Bond, will carry out the next works:

  • Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (BWV 654) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid – Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
  • Grasp Tallis’s Testomony – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
  • Psalm Prelude Set 1, No.1 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
  • Psalm Prelude Set 1, No.2 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
  • Melody (Three Items) – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
  • Andante Sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique, Op.70) – Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
  • The Tree of Peace – Judith Weir (1954-)
  • Nimrod (Variations On An Authentic Theme, Op.36) – Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) organized by Sir William H. Harris
  • Prelude – Sir William H. Harris (1883-1973)
  • Sheep Might Safely Graze (BWV 208) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) organized by Stainton de B. Taylor
  • Rhosymedre – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

On the finish of the service, Bond will play Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 562, which was additionally carried out on the finish of Her Majesty’s funeral earlier within the day.

Learn extra: ‘Music was actually central to the Queen’s life’ – Judith Weir, Grasp of the King’s Music

What music can be sung at Queen Elizabeth II’s committal service?

The Choir of St George’s Chapel will open the service by singing a setting of Psalm 121 by Sir Henry Walford Davies, KC VO, OBE (1869–1941), former Organist on the chapel.

After the psalm, the congregation will sit, and the choir will sing the Russian Kontakion of the Departed, which was additionally sung on the funeral for The Duke of Edinburgh.

The hymn, ‘All My Hope on God is Based’, will observe the bidding within the service. Based mostly on a Seventeenth-century German textual content and chorale melody, the music for this association was written in 1930 by English composer, Herbert Howells.

After the Lord’s Prayer, the choir will rise to sing a motet – ‘Convey us, O Lord God’ – by Sir William Henry Harris, one other former Organist of St George’s Chapel. Harris carried out at each the 1937 and 1953 coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II respectively.

The ultimate hymn within the service can be Westminster Abbey’s ‘Christ is made the certain basis’, an adaptation of music by Henry Purcell.

The ceremony will finish with the congregation singing, like on the State Funeral earlier within the day, the British Nationwide Anthem, ‘God Save the King’.

Learn extra: ‘All My Hope on God is Based’ – what are the hymn’s lyrics?

What instrumental music can be performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s committal service?

The Queen’s Piper, Pipe Main James M. Banks, will play the lament, ‘A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith’, previous to the Nationwide Anthem.

As soon as extra, the service will conclude with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 562.

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