What hymns will be sung at King Charles' coronation and which choirs are singing? | The Sun

THE CORONATION of King Charles is set to be a spectacular occasion.

The historical crowning ceremony will include hymns during the service, alongside offertory music sung by choristers.

Why are hymns sung at a coronation?

King Charles' Coronation service will take place on May 6, 2023 and will be a momentous occasion.

The ceremony will take place at the historical Westminster Abbey.

The coronation is a solemn religious service, as well as a celebration and pageantry.

Therefore it is tradition for it to be filled with hymns, music, prayer, and vows.

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What hymns will be sung at King Charles' coronation?

King Charles has commissioned twelve new music pieces for his coronation, including six orchestral, five choral and one organ.

However, there is only one hymn to be sung by the whole congregation – Praise My Soul, The King Of Heaven.

This hymn was a favourite of The Queen and was sung at her wedding to Prince Philip.

Other than that, there is an offertory hymn, Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation, which will be sung by the choirs.

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The traditional Christian hymn Veni Creator will also be sung by a choir.

The Palace has said the coronation music blends “tradition, heritage and ceremony with new musical voices of today, reflecting The King’s life-long love and support of music and the arts”.

Which choirs will sing at King Charles' coronation ceremony?

A handpicked gospel choir called The Ascension Choir will perform at the Coronation.

They will be joined by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Choir of His Majesty's Chapel Royal, St James's Palace.

The Palace confirmed: “His Majesty has overseen, influenced and been personally involved in the commissioning process and the detail of the music programme, which will showcase and celebrate musical talent from across the United Kingdom and further afield.”

What is The Westminster Abbey Choir?

Founded in the late 14th century, the Choir of Westminster Abbey is a world-renowned, all-male vocal ensemble.

It is made up of 30 boys and 12 professional adult singers, known as Lay Vicars.

The choir's main function is singing in the Abbey's daily services.

What is The Ascension Choir?

The Ascension Choir has been chosen for the King’s ceremony.

They are a group of eight “hand-picked” singers from the choir that performed at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.

They were founded and directed by conductor Dennis Keene, one of the world's leading professional choral ensembles.

What is Alleluia (O Clap Your Hands) and Alleluia (O Sing Praises)?

Alleluia (O Clap Your Hands) and Alleluia (O Sing Praises) were composed by Debbie Wiseman.

The words for O Clap You Hands are based on the text from Psalm 47 verses 1-2, and will be sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir.

O Sing Praises is from verses 6-7 of the same Psalm, and will be performed by The Ascension Choir.

What is the Coronation anthem Make a Joyful Noise?

Make A Joyful Noise is the official coronation anthem adapted from Psalm 98.

It has been composed by West End and Broadway legend Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

It will be performed by Sir Webber, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Choir of Westminster Abbey, and the Trumpeters of The Royal Air Force.

What is Agnus Dei?

Agnus Dei is the Latin name which translates to Lamb of God.

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It is the designation of Jesus Christ in Christian liturgical usage. 

The phrase is based on the saying of John the Baptist: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

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