'Ttraditional hymns` at royal wedding

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 21:24 PM IST

London: No James Blunt, no Elton John music - only traditional hymns will be played at Prince William and Kate Middleton`s wedding in London next month, the couple have announced.

According to the St James`s Palace, the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Chapel Royal will provide the bedrock at the marriage ceremony on April 29 and the music will be rooted in the heritage of the Church of England.

The Palace said that alongside the choirs, a Fanfare Team -- a group of trumpeters -- from both the Royal Air Force band and Household Cavalry would appear as well as the London Chamber Orchestra, Britain`s oldest professional orchestra.

"Both Prince William and Miss Middleton have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially commissioned pieces," `The Daily Telegraph` quoted a Palace statement.

The boys from the Chapel Royal Choir will sing wearing their distinctive post-Civil War uniforms, similar those worn by the Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, at the Tower of London.

They will be accompanied by the choir of Westminster Abbey -- made up of 20 boys and 12 professional adult singers.

After the service, guests at the Buckingham Palace reception will listen to the music, played by Claire Jones, Prince Charles` official harpist, the Palace said.

At the wedding of Prince William`s father Prince Charles in 1981, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the New Zealand soprano catapulted her already stellar career further skywards when she sang `Let The Bright Seraphim by Handel`.

However, a Palace insider said: "You won`t see any individual performers at the service."

PTI