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Paul Maelor composes for wedding

2011-04-28 21:22
 
London - Paul Mealor's composition of Ubi Caritas - Wherever charity and love are to be found, God is there - will be sung by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal immediately after the sermon at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding on Friday.

"The ceremony is going to be, without a doubt, the most emotionally intense and exhilarating hour of my life," Mealor said. He plans to be watching at home on Friday with his mother.

The program for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton places Mealor among some of the great names of British music: Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir William Walton, Benjamin Britten, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (the current Master of the Queen's Music), and John Rutter.

Much of the music reflects the tastes of William's father, Prince Charles, who reportedly worked with Middleton on the selections.

"They spent a lot of time listening to the music together on iPods," said a royal spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mealor, 35, was born in Wales, where William is based as a Royal Air Force rescue helicopter pilot, and "Ubi caritas" premiered in October at St Andrews University in Scotland, where the royal couple met.

The day after the worldwide broadcast, Ubi Caritas will be available as a download from Decca Records.

- AP

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