Full recording of King’s coronation to be released on the day of historic event

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A complete recording of the King’s coronation ceremony will be released globally on the day of the historic event.

The recording, featuring both the music and spoken word from the ceremony, will be available to stream and download on May 6.

It is the first time in history that such a recording has been produced, marking an unprecedented event in both recorded music and British royal history.

The Official Album of the Coronation will feature 12 brand new works commissioned by Charles, including the coronation anthem Make A Joyful Noise – composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The complete album will be over four hours long, and feature performances from eight choirs, six conductors, two organists, as well as a specially selected  “Coronation Orchestra”, among others.

(Decca Records/PA)
(Decca Records/PA)

Physical versions of the album, featuring the entire service and all new commissions, will be available in stores globally from May 15, with a special deluxe collector’s CD and vinyl following later in the year.

It will be exclusively recorded at Westminster Abbey and released by Decca Records, with an official photograph from the day as the cover art.

The ceremony is set to feature a range of musical styles and performers, blending tradition, heritage and ceremony with the new musical voices of today to reflect Charles’ life-long support of music and the arts.

As well as the newly commissioned pieces, the King has personally shaped and selected the musical programme for the service.

The six orchestral commissions, five choral commissions and one organ commission, have been specially written by world-renowned British composers.

Between them, the 12 composers have more than 80 Bafta, Oscar, Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, World Soundtrack Award and ASCAP awards and nominations.

A separate studio recording of Lord Lloyd-Webber’s coronation anthem will also be released on May 6, as well as the live recording from the ceremony itself.

The studio recording will feature The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal Air Force and the Abbey sub-organist Peter Holder, conducted by organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, Andrew Nethsingha.

King Charles III Coronation
The Coronation of their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla: The Official Album of the Coronation will be released on May 6 (Chris Jackson/PA)

The Official Coronation Album will be produced by world-renowned classical record producer, Anna Barry, who has produced over 500 recordings of distinction over 35 years.

Her previous work includes the wedding of the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018.

“This will be a truly historic recording, capturing a glorious range of music from across centuries and continents, reflecting the world-wide interest in our traditions, covering multiple locations in the wonderful acoustic of Westminster Abbey, and involving an unprecedented technical plan to present the entire experience to the world on the day itself,” Barry said.

“Balance engineer Mike Hatch, I and the team are honoured and excited to be a part of this.”

Decca records, part of Universal Music Group, has previously released multiple commemorative albums such as for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday celebrations, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and the weddings of William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan.

Co-presidents of Decca Label Group, Tom Lewis and Laura Monks, said: “Coronation services have been taking place since the 11th century.

“Never before has a complete recording been made available to global audiences to stream and download on the same day.

“Decca has a longstanding and proud association with the British royal family and we are delighted to be once again making recorded music history together.”

The Coronation of their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla: The Official Album of the Coronation will be released in support of the Royal British Legion and Age UK charities.