King Charles’ coronation concert to show the love of classical music

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The Telegraph understands that the coronation concert is intended to appeal to the King’s love of classical music.

A staunch supporter of the arts, Charles has spoken of the joy he derives from incorporating classical music into special occasions in his life.

The concert will take place at Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May, the day after the coronation, and will feature an orchestra.

It is organized by the BBC in conjunction with the Royal Family, and the King is reportedly “actively engaged and involved” in every aspect of the various ceremonial coronation events.

A royal source said of the concert: “There’s no question they want to wear something that the King will like, as well as other members of the royal family.”

The ceremony will be conducted by a 74-piece orchestra consisting of the Massed Bands of the Household Division, joined by the Countess of Wessex String Orchestra. The musicians will provide support to “some of the world’s greatest artists” as they perform a series of classics on the east lawn of the castle.

“It’s going to be very orchestral. The Platinum Jubilee party at the Palace had a very eclectic line-up, with performers showing up with their own instruments and bringing their own bands,” the source said. “It will be different but just as magical.”

One of the highlights will be the performance of the Coronation Choir, a diverse group of amateur singers from local choirs, including refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf choirs.

The story of its creation will be immortalized in a BBC documentary, which will be broadcast shortly before the coronation.

The king has a long-standing fondness for classical music, and his patronage includes the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra.

He loved helping his sons Prince William and Prince Harry choose the music for their weddings, telling Classic FM in 2020: “I love trying to put on interesting music for certain occasions…especially for weddings if people want.

“It’s quite fun to have an orchestra on occasions like this, and why not suggest a few pieces from time to time? Anyway… I like it.

Prince Harry revealed in his diary Spare that his father invited him and Meghan to Clarence House one evening to help choose the music for their wedding.

“As one song ended, he would quickly load the radio, start humming or stamping his foot to the next…. I knew my dad loved music, but I didn’t know it was that much,” he wrote.

The king credited his love of the performing arts to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who took him to see the Bolshoi Ballet at the Royal Opera House when he was seven, which he found “totally” inspiring.

He studied cello and trumpet at Gordonstoun and played cello in the orchestra at Trinity College, Cambridge.

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