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

September 18, 2022, 22:31 | Updated: September 18, 2022, 23:05

All the music played at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

All music 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 that will be on display during her funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, 2022.

The Dean of Westminster will lead the service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with music sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and His Majesty’s Choir.

James O’Donnell, Westminster Abbey organist and choirmaster, will conduct the choirs and sub-organist Peter Holder and assistant organist, Matthew Jurish, will play the organ during the service.

The service will include three hymns, two anthems and two new concert performances by Scottish composer Sir James Macmillan and Lady King Judith Weir.

Other featured musicians will include home cavalry trumpeters, led by trumpeter Major Julian Sandford, and Fanfare’s family division troupes, led by Lieutenant Colonel David Barringer MBE, commanding officer, home division troupes, and the Queen’s Piper, command. Officer 1st Class (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, who will play the service.

Read more: The Queen’s funeral: How music will play a role in Westminster Abbey’s service

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

Before the concert begins, Westminster Abbey’s assistant organist Matthew Juris will play 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) orchestrated by Robert Queenie (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)

Peter Holder, sub-organist at Westminster Abbey, will play the following works by Edward Elgar before the procession of religious representatives moves to their places in the nave and sanctuary for the funeral.

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

At the end of the service, Holder will perform Fantasia in C minor BWV 562 by Johann Sebastian Bach while the sarcophagus and procession exit the abbey.

What songs will be sung at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

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

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

The first hymn, ‘The Day the Lord Will End’, will be sung, similar to that given by the Reverend Dr. David Howell, Dean of Westminster. This hymn was performed notably 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 tracks, appearing in the top 10 list of the late Queen’s music tracks revealed in 2016. This hymn will be sung after the second reading, read by The Right Honorable Elizabeth Truss Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The song “Divine Love, All Love Transcendence” will be sung after the Lord’s Prayer is recited. The hymn was written by prolific hymn writer, Charles Wesley, who has written over 6,500 hymns including Listen! Angels Herald sings.

Read more: “Divine love, all love privilege” – Charles Wesley’s beloved hymn lyrics

What choral music will be performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

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

The first is “Like as the Hart,” an unaccompanied musical preparation for Psalm 42 of the Bible Book of Psalms by British composer, Master of King Judith Ware CBE.

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.”

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.

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The choir will also perform an anthem to Hubert Barry, “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, will be sung after the prayer.

What music will be played at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

The last post will be heard by trumpeters of the Household Cavalry of the Steps of Our Lady of the Church, led by trumpet pioneer Julian Sandford.

This will be followed by a two-minute silence, heard across the UK, and concluded with the sound of The Reville by state trumpeter.

Then, worshipers will sing the national anthem, “God Save the King.” The Sovereign’s Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play Petty Officer (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, as the traditional lamentation, “Sleep, dearie, sleep”.

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