The Monarch’s Music

This album sets the historic moment of King Charles III’s Coronation firmly within the rich tapestry of music and monarchs past.

Recorded amidst the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, the programme transports us to points when the link between the British monarchy and music has been concretised – from coronations to royal weddings to more subtle stories of royal intervention – all the while celebrating the musical output of composers who have flourished alongside royal endorsement.

CRD is thrilled to be sharing this sparkling collaboration between The Household Cavalry Band and The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, masterfully led by Major Paul Collis-Smith and James Vivian.


‘…With such a line-up, you would expect the musical values to be high, and so they are…’

‘..superbly played…’

– William Hedley, MusicWeb International


1 The National Anthem * †   

Trad. Arr. George Jacob and John Rutter

2 I Was Glad *     

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry 

3 Crown Imperial   

Sir William Walton

4 All people that on earth do dwell, (The Old Hundredth) *   

Trad. Ralph Vaughan Williams 

5 Te Deum laudamus, Op. 34, No. 1 *  

Sir Edward Elgar

6 A Hymn of St Columba

Benjamin Britten

7 Chanson de Nuit  

Sir Edward Elgar

8 O Sing Joyfully *

Adrian Batten

9 “Pomp and Circumstance”, Op. 39: March, No. 4 in G    

Sir Edward Elgar

10 Vivat Regina   

Laurie Johnson

11 Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, “Organ”: Finale  

Camille Saint-Saëns


Luke Bond organ (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11)

Major Paul Collis-Smith conductor (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)

James Vivian conductor (5, 6, 8)


* Choir

† denotes world première recording

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