Classic FM to broadcast Coronation Special with HRH The Earl of Wessex


– Friday 4th October, 8pm to 10pm –


Global’s national classical music station Classic FM is to broadcast an exclusive interview with HRH The Earl of Wessex, as part of a Coronation Special in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s sixty-year reign.

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Later this week, Classic FM is to record a unique concert at Windsor Castle, as part of the current Windsor Festival – of which The Earl is the Patron. Recently, Classic FM presenter Jane Jones interviewed The Earl about his involvement in the Festival, his thoughts about music-making in the UK and his reflections on what has been an extraordinary year for the Royal Family. The interview will feature throughout the evening’s concert, to be broadcast on Classic FM on Friday 4th October from 8pm.


This concert will see the Choirs of the Chapels Royal, The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and Windsor’s own St. George’s Chapel combine for the first time, to present works from the Coronation paired with choral favourites and little-known gems. In 1953, at the suggestion of Vaughan Williams and the approval of The Queen, an arrangement of the hymn Old Hundredth was included as a congregational item in the proceedings – and this aspect of the original service will be recreated on the night.


Annual Windsor Festival is considered one of the most vibrant, exciting and varied festivals of its kind in the country, combining classical music, theatre, film, literature and exhibitions. For more information, please visit


Classic FM’s Managing Editor Sam Jackson said: “We’ve been marking Her Majesty The Queen’s extraordinary sixty-year reign throughout the year on Classic FM and we’re delighted to continue to do so by broadcasting this exclusive concert from Windsor Festival. Jane Jones’ interview with The Earl of Wessex offers a fascinating insight into this unique event, as His Royal Highness reflects on the classical pieces that mean so much to him and his family. This very special broadcast promises to be one of the highlights of the year on Classic FM.”


‘A Coronation Special with The Earl of Wessex’ will be broadcast on Friday 4th October from 8pm to 10pm on Classic FM, available across the UK on 100-102 FM, digital, mobile and at

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