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York alumni strike right note at Royal Wedding

Posted on 4 May 2011

Music by two York graduates featured in the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster.

Paul Mealor’s latest work,  Ubi caritas  was performed at the Royal Wedding by The Choir of Westminster Abbey and The Choir of Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel, St James’s Palace, conducted by James O’Donnell.

The ceremony is going to be, without a doubt, the most emotionally intense and exhilarating hour of my life!

Paul Mealor

Ubi caritas  was first performed last October at St Andrew’s University, which is where the Royal couple first met. A further connection is Paul’s birthplace of Anglesey, since that is also where the Royal couple now live.

Duncan Stubbs, who graduated in 1982 and is now principal director of music for RAF Music Services, will be conducting the Central Band of the RAF during the ceremony, as they play the trumpet fanfare he composed on the piano at his home in west London.

Paul Mealor, who graduated in Music from York in 1997 and completed a Doctorate in 2002, said: “I was thrilled to hear that HRH Prince William of Wales had chosen my music for his wedding. How humbling it is for me to know that Prince William and Catherine will celebrate the beginning of their lives together with my music.

“The ceremony is going to be, without a doubt, the most emotionally intense and exhilarating hour of my life!’’

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