Royal wedding recording to be online within hours

LONDON (Reuters) – The official recording of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 will be available to download within hours of the service finishing.

Decca Records, part of the Universal Music label which also released the recordings of Prince Charles’s wedding in 1981 and Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, will have a recording of the royal nuptials for sale on the net within hours and then release the official album of the marriage ceremony on May 5.

The physical album will include a booklet containing the order of service, readings, vows, hymns and blessings, as well as all the music. The format of release will be digital download, CD, vinyl and cassette to cater for all consumers.

The ceremony will be released digitally by Decca on the world’s leading download and streaming platforms immediately following the service in London’s Westminster Abbey.

“Thanks to digital technology we will be able to deliver it worldwide almost instantly — it will be the fastest we have ever released an album of this stature,” said David Joseph, chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK.

Musicians already confirmed to perform at the ceremony include The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, The London Chamber Orchestra and The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

The Choirs will be under the direction of James O’Donnell and The London Chamber Orchestra conducted by its Music Director and Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green.

Hundreds of millions of people are expected to tune in and watch the wedding next month, and Decca is predicting the album will score well in digital charts around the world.

No pop acts have yet been announced for the ceremony.

Elton John performed a revised version of his hit “Candle in the Wind” at Diana’s funeral, and it went on to become one of the best selling singles of all time.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

Royal wedding recording to be online within hours