Prince William and Kate Middleton Select Wedding Music
03/16/2011 AT 06:30 AM EDT
Prince William and Kate Middleton have selected the musicians to perform at their ceremony on April 29. And the choices are steeped in tradition.
Two choirs, one orchestra, and the fanfare team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will all play a part in the couple's wedding ceremony.
"Both Prince William and Miss Middleton have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service," the Palace said in a statement, adding that the music "will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially commissioned pieces."
Their musicians include the Choir of Westminster Abbey, which is made up of 20 boys who attend the abbey choir school and 12 professional adult singers. But don't expect much stage fright from either: The group regularly plays at royal occasions at the Abbey.
The Chapel Royal Choir, a group that sings the weekly service at the St. James's Palace Chapel Royal, will lend their voices as well, while the London Chamber orchestra's 39 musicians will add their own musical prowess and history – the group is the largest professional chamber orchestra in the U.K.
And the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will round out the list and perform for the prince, a fellow RAF member himself.
After the ceremony, Claire Jones, the official harpist to William's father, Prince Charles, will play at the reception back at Buckingham Palace.
Whether other, better-known musicians on this side of the pond will join her remains to be seen.