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Royal wedding: William and Kate choose wedding music

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Image caption Prince William and Kate Middleton will be married on 29 April

Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen the musicians and hymns for their wedding ceremony, St James's Palace has said.

The couple have also commissioned new pieces of music for their marriage ceremony, which takes place at Westminster Abbey on 29 April.

The Abbey's choir and the Chapel Royal Choir will perform singing duties.

The London Chamber Orchestra and the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the RAF will also take part.

Guests at the Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen after the ceremony will be entertained by Claire Jones, the Prince of Wales' official harpist.

In a statement, St James's Palace said: "Both Prince William and Miss Middleton have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially commissioned pieces."

The Queen's composer, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, told the Daily Telegraph he had been commissioned to write music for the wedding and said it would have a "Scottish feel".

Speaking shortly after the engagement announcement last November, he told the newspaper: "I think wedding music should reflect what matters to the couple and in William and Catherine's case, Scotland is very much part of their love story.

"It is where it began and blossomed, after all."

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