As we draw ever closer to the royal wedding (the date is less than a month away), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are confirming details left and right. Over the past few weeks, they've revealed the florist, the wedding photographer, and the official wedding cake. The latest piece of the puzzle is the music. On Tuesday, the official Kensington Palace Twitter announced the lineup of musicians who will be playing during the ceremony at St. George's Chapel, and it's a very talented group, indeed.
First up is 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who in 2016 won the BBC Young Musicians contest. According to a press release, Prince Harry saw Kanneh-Mason play last June, and the young musician was asked by Markle herself to provide the tunes for the wedding. “I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding," he said in a statement. "I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes!
What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!"
Kanneh-Mason is joined by Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir, a Christian gospel group based in southeast England that's "dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share" and is known for "its united sound, warm energy, and enthusiastic performance," according to a press release. "The Kingdom Choir is truly honoured to be invited to sing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle, and very excited to be taking part in such a historic moment," said Gibson, the founder and conductor.
"It will be a moment that we will always treasure, and we’d like to take the opportunity to wish the couple all the very best for their coming union."
Rounding out the lineup is the Choir of St. George's Chapel, an orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green with musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, according to Reuters. James Vivian, the director of Music at St. George's Chapel, will direct all the music, which will be a "number of well-known hymns and choral works" that have been hand-picked by Markle and Prince Harry with "a great deal of interest and care." The actual set list will be released closer to the wedding date.
Previously, the Spice Girls hinted that they had all been invited to the wedding, and Mel B heavily implied that they could be reuniting for a mini-performance during the big day. If the rumors are true, then they'd be performing during the reception, not the ceremony itself (although that would be amazing), but so far none of the five Spice Girls has confirmed a performance.