There Was A Little Southern Magic At The Royal Wedding
That's music to our ears.
Sure, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding may have been held in Windsor Castle in England on Saturday, but it appears there was a little Southern charm sprinkled in.
During the church service one couldn’t help but swoon over the joyful music echoing through St. George’s chapel. And that music came thanks in large part to Maestro Christopher Warren-Green, who also happens to be the Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
And though the honor of conducting at Meghan and Harry’s wedding is certainly immense, it turns out Warren-Green has stepped up to the plate for several royal weddings in the past.
“Having had the honor of conducting the orchestras for the Wedding of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and also for the Wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I am especially delighted to be invited to conduct members of the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Philharmonia Orchestra for the Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle,” Warren-Green shared in a statement just a few days ago. “Each of these distinguished orchestras is immensely proud to have as their Royal Patron HRH The Prince of Wales and to join together for this momentous occasion.”
According to the palace, Meghan and Harry worked closely with Warren-Green to choose the music that ended up in their service, which included a number of well-known hymns such as “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer” and choral works like “Stand By Me.”
Truly, Meghan and Harry couldn’t have picked a better man for the job. As People explained in a 2011 bio on Warren-Green, beyond being a conductor he is also a trained as a violinist.
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Moreover, People added, Warren-Green has been performing for royal audiences since way back in 1981, when he was first invited to perform by Prince Charles. At the time, Warren-Green put on a concert in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace. It’s a special place for any conductor for sure as it is the exact same room where Johann Strauss Sr. played for Queen Victoria at her coronation in 1838.
“I remember meeting with the Prince of Wales afterwards in the music room of the palace, and he was so thrilled, and he said, ‘I just love opening the place up for things like this,’” Warren-Green said at the time. “Any occasion when you’re asked to perform for royalty, it always is a tremendous occasion.”
Of course, those in North Carolina were extremely proud of their hometown royal hero. On Saturday, the Charlotte Symphony took to Instagram to share, “We spotted our own Maestro Warren-Green many times conducting during today’s #RoyalWedding ceremony. Every sound was just lovey. So proud today here in the Queen City!”
Somehow though we think this little performance will make getting tickets to the Charlotte Symphony just a little more difficult.