King Charles’ coronation concert will showcase his love of classical music

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The Telegraph has learned that the Coronation Concert is planned to appeal to the King’s love of classical music.

An avid supporter of the arts, Charles spoke of his pleasure in combining classical music with special occasions in his life.

The concert will be held at Windsor Castle on Sunday, May 7, the day after the coronation, and will be orchestral based.

It is organized by the BBC in consultation with the Royal family and is said to be “actively involved and engaged” in all aspects of the King’s various celebratory coronation events.

A royal source said of the concert: “No doubt they wanted to put on something that the King and other members of the Royal family would enjoy.”

The celebrations will be conducted by a 74-member orchestra of the Massed Bands of the House Division, accompanied by the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra. Musicians will support “some of the world’s greatest entertainers” by performing a series of classics on the castle’s East Lawn.

“It’s going to be very orchestral. The Platinum Jubilee Party at the Palace had a very eclectic lineup, and the performers came on stage with their own instruments and brought their own bands,” he said. “It’s going to be different but equally magical.”

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

The story of its creation will be recorded for a BBC documentary that will air shortly before the coronation.

King has long enjoyed classical music and his patronage includes the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.

She had the pleasure of helping her sons Prince William and Prince Harry choose music for their wedding, telling Classic FM in 2020: “I love trying to put together interesting pieces of music for certain occasions…especially for weddings if people want it.

“It’s pretty fun to have orchestras at big events like this, and why not suggest a few pieces every once in a while? Anyway… I am enjoying it.”

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

“When a track was finished, he would quickly reload his radio, start humming or tapping his foot on the next track…. I knew my father loved music, but I never knew he loved it this much,” she wrote.

King attributed his love of the performing arts to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, who took him to see the Bolshoi Ballet at the Royal Opera House at the age of seven, an experience he found “totally” inspiring.

He continued to learn both cello and trumpet at Gordonstoun, and played cello in the orchestra at Trinity College, Cambridge.

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