While the live version that premiered on Saturday (5.06,) features the handpicked Coronation Orchestra (and is part of Decca Records’ four-hour “official album” documenting King Charles III’s coronation,) the studio recording was performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal Air Force, Westminster Abbey sub-organist Peter Holder, and conducted by organist & Master Of The Choristers at Westminster Abbey, Andrew Nethsingha,
Prior to writing the anthem, the iconic Broadway composer suggested to His Majesty the King, that he adapt Psalm 98 with its message “Make A Joyful Noise unto the Lord, the King.”
“I played, and tried to sing, my early score for The King a few weeks ago. It seems so appropriate to the moment in the Coronation service.” Webber said in a statement.
Available now, the official full length also features performances by Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Elina Garanča, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the Sistine Chapel Choir and more, with the the album’s producer, Anna Barry, stating:
“This will be a truly historic recording, capturing a glorious range of music from across centuries and continents, reflecting the world-wide interest in our traditions, covering multiple locations in the wonderful acoustic of Westminster Abbey, and involving an unprecedented technical plan to present the entire experience to the world on the day itself,”
Proceeds from the sale of the official album will benefit Royal British Legion and Age UK charities.