Prince William and Kate Middleton announce music for today’s big event.
Little-known British composer Paul Mealor has been chosen by the royal couple to compose a new choral work for the Westminster Abbey ceremony. The 35-year-old’s music may have been hitherto largely unknown outside his native Wales, but on Friday April 29 it will be heard by more than a billion people watching the televised performance.
Prince William and his bride-to-be first met and fell in love at the University of St Andrews, where an a cappellachoral cycle by Mealor had its premiere last year. It is through this performance that they encountered his work. There is another local connection: the royal couple resides on North Wales’ Isle of Anglesey, Mealor’s hometown.
The composer has adapted music from his Now sleeps the crimson petal to a setting of a 6th-century Latin hymn. The incipit of the new work, Ubi caritas,translates to “Where charity and love are, God is there”. Featuring a solo for boy treble, it showcases Mealor’s accessible style and luminous choral writing.
“I was thrilled to hear that HRH Prince William of Wales had chosen my music for his wedding”, he said. “How humbling it is for me...