Queen Elizabeth II state funeral: all of the music played during the service

19 September 2022, 09:32 | Updated: 19 September 2022, 17:06

The full list of music to be played at the Queen's state funeral at Westminster Abbey
The full list of music to be played at the Queen's state funeral at Westminster Abbey. Picture: Getty

This is the full programme of music that will feature at the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II.

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The service, at Westminster Abbey led by the Dean of Westminster will feature music sung by the abbey’s choir and the Choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal.

Westminster Abbey’s Organist and Master of the Choristers, James O’Donnell, will direct the choirs and the Abbey’s Sub-Organist, Peter Holder, and Assistant Organist, Matthew Jorysz will play the organ during the service.

The service will feature three hymns, two anthems, and two new works composed for the ceremony by Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan, and Master of the King’s Music Judith Weir.

The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry will play, led by Trumpet Major Julian Sandford, as will the Fanfare Team of the Household Division Bands, conducted by Lieutenant Colonel David Barringer MBE, Commanding Officer, Household Division Bands, and the Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Class 1 (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, will play out the service.

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What will be played before the Queen’s funeral?

Before the ceremony begins, the Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey, Matthew Jorysz, will play the following music.

• Fantasia of four parts – Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) Organist of Westminster Abbey 1623–25

• Romanza (Symphony No.5 in D) — Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) arranged by Robert Quinney (1976-)

• Reliqui domum meum – Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)

• Meditation on ‘Brother James’s Air’ – Harold Darke (1888–1976)

• Prelude on ‘Ecce jam noctis’ Op.157 No.3 – Healey Willan (1880–1968)

• Psalm Prelude Set 1 No.2 – Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

• In the Country Op.194 No.2 – Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)

• Fantasy on ‘O Paradise’ – Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003)

• Elegy Op.58 – Edward Elgar (1857–1934) arranged by Matthew Jorysz (b 1992)

The Westminster Abbey Sub-Organist, Peter Holder, will then play the following works by Edward Elgar before the Procession of Religious Representatives moves to their places in the Nave and the Sacrarium for the funeral.

• Andante espressivo (Sonata in G Op.28)

• Sospiri Op.70

At the end of the service, Holder will perform Fantasia in C minor BWV 562 by Johann Sebastian Bach as the coffin and procession leave the Abbey.

What hymns will be sung at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

The congregation will be invited to sing three hymns during the funeral ceremony at various times during the service. These hymns are:

• The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended

• The Lord’s my Shepherd

• Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

What choral music will be performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

Two new pieces of music have been specially composed for the ceremony by notable living British composers.

The first is ‘Like as the Hart’, an unaccompanied musical setting of Psalm 42 from the Book of Common Prayer by British composer, and Master of the King’s Music, Judith Weir CBE.

The second specially composed piece is the service’s Anthem, a setting of a text from the New Testament’s Epistle to the Romans by Scottish composer, Sir James MacMillan.

The choir will also perform an anthem by Hubert Parry, ‘My soul, there is a country’, which is one of six motets which make up the composer’s Songs of Farewell. Parry is a favourite of King Charles III, and in 2021, the then-Prince of Wales presented a film on Parry’s life titled, The Prince and the Composer.

A setting of Psalm 34 by Ralph Vaughan Williams, ‘O Taste and see how gracious the Lord is’, which was composed for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, will be sung following the prayers.

What instrumental music will be performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

The Last Post will be sounded by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry from the steps of the Lady Chapel, led by Trumpet Major Julian Sandford.

A two-minute silence, heard across the United Kingdom, will follow, concluding with a sounding of The Reville by the State Trumpeters.

Following this, the congregation will sing the National Anthem, ‘God Save The King’. The Sovereign’s Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Warrant Officer Class 1 (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, will then play the traditional Lament, ‘Sleep, dearie, sleep’.