Charlotte Symphony's Warren-Green Chosen As Royal
Tue March 15, 2011
Charlotte Symphony's Warren-Green Chosen As Royal Wedding Conductor
The Charlotte Symphony's music director will perform at a wedding next month. Not just any wedding. The Royal Wedding.
The announcement came from St. James Palace, one of the Royal family's residences.
Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the London Chamber Orchestra at Westminster Abbey for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Warren-Green spoke to WFAE from London.
"It's a professional honor, it's a personal honor," Warren-Green said. "They are our Royal Family. There are a lot of fine conductors and musicians in London and the UK, so to be chosen is a great honor and I must say I'm thrilled."
It won't be Warren-Green's first performance for the royal family. He led London's Philharmonia Orchestra at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. He's also conducted birthday concerts for both Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth.
Warren-Green has been music director of the London Chamber since 1988, but he and his family moved to Charlotte last year when he was named to lead the Charlotte Symphony.
He joked that his selection for the royal wedding shows that the Charlotte Symphony may have made the right decision in hiring him. Charlotte Symphony board chairman James Martin goes a step further. He says it shows the region is fortunate to have a "globally established and highly-regarded musician."
The royal wedding is April 29th. Warren-Green declined to reveal the music that will be performed. The royal couple wants to keep it a surprise.