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King Charles’ Coronation to have 12 new pieces of music

King Charles has commissioned 12 new compositions for his upcoming coronation.

King Charles has commissioned 12 new compositions for his upcoming coronation.
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King Charles has been hard at work when it comes to getting the music right for his coronation ceremony. The latest is that he has managed to acquire a total of 12 newly-commissioned pieces from various artists.

The service will include work from George Handel, William Byrd, Sir Edward Elgar and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical theater superstar.

Lloyd Webber has composed scores for some of the most popular musicals including ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and many more.

“My anthem includes words slightly adapted from Psalm 98. I have scored it for the Westminster Abbey choir and organ, the ceremonial brass orchestra,” said Lloyd Webber as per the Daily Mail.

“I hope my anthem reflects this joyous occasion.”

New music

Conductor Andrew Nethsingha will be directing the music during the coronation.

“It has been a privilege to collaborate with His Majesty in choosing fine musicians and accessible, communicative music for this great occasion,” Nethsingha said.

The coronation will reportedly play a combination of both traditional and modern music, most prominently with the new coronation theme.

Greek Orthodox music will play in honor of Prince Phillips, and Patrick Doyle will be part of a coronation march.

Declined invitations

In his search for performers, King Charles extended invitations to Adele and Ed Sheeran. However, both singers are reportedly too busy to attend.

A source said to the Daily Mail: “The King has suggested a number of people he would like to perform and Adele and Ed were on the list. He was very keen that they were part of the concert.

“There is a team set up to get the talent signed up but they were unavailable, which was a massive disappointment. They are titans of the showbiz industry and are quintessentially British but also known across the globe.

“It’s such a shame.”

The coronation is scheduled to take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.