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ONDON, 6 September 1997 - A funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales was held at Westminster Abbey in London this morning. The ceremony included the following musical works.

Before the Service: Organ Music

The following were requested by Lady Sarah McCorquodale

Organ Sonata in C Minor, opus 65 No 2
I. Grave: Adagio

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Prelude on the hymn tune 'Eventide'

Hubert Parry

Prelude on the hymn tune
'Rhosymedre' (Welsh hymn tune)

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Choral Prelude:
Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu
Christ, BWV 639

Johann Sebastian Bach


George Thalben-Ball

Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 537

Johann Sebastian Bach

Adagio in G Minor

Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor
("From the New World"),opus 95

Antonin Dvorak


Johann Pachelbel

Variation No 9 ("Nimrod") from Enigma Variations, opus 36

Edward Elgar


William Harris

British National Anthem (sung as the cortege entered the Abbey)


Choral Settings by William Croft (1678-1727)
Organist of Westminster Abbey 1708-27 and Henry Purcell (1659-95)
Organist of Westminster Abbey 1679-95


I vow to thee my country

One of the Princess's favourite hymns

The King of love

A metrical version of Psalm 23

Make me a channel of Thy peace

Popular hymn. Martin Neary (Organist and Master of the Choristers) made a new arrangement for the service

Guide me O Thou Redeemer

Anthems and songs

Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Requiem

An extract from Libera me. A favourite of the Princess

Sung by The BBC Singers
Soloist: Lynne Dawson, soprano

Candle in the Wind
Elton John (b 1947) and Bernie Taupin (b 1950)
Sung by Elton John with new words for this service by Bernie Taupin

The Londonderry Air ggggggggI would be true

John Tavener (b. 1944) ggggggggSong for Athene

Written in 1993 as a tribute to a young friend who was killed in a cycling accident. Tavener had heard Athene reading Shakespeare in Westminster Abbey. Words were drawn from Shakespeare's Hamlet and set with Alleluias. This work was sung as the cortege walked down the aisle towards the doors of Westminster Abbey. It was followed by the one minute national silence.

Organ music after the service

Prelude in C Minor BWV 546

Symphonie No 3 avec orgue in C Minor, opus 78

Requested by Mrs Shand-Kydd

Hymn Book References & Scores

Johann Sebastian Bach

Camille Saint-Saëns

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Update 24 September 1997

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"DIANA: Pricess of Wales 1961 -1997: The BBC recording of the Funeral Service"
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