Friday, 15 May 2020

Mendelssohn's Wedding March

The first documented example of the famous "Wedding March" being used at a wedding, was when Dorothy Carew wed Tom Daniel at St Peter's Church on 2 June 1847. It was performed by organist Samuel Reay. The piece was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1842 as part of a suite of incidental music to the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Mendelssohn's "Wedding March"
Mendelssohn's "Wedding March"

On 29 April 2011, The One Show broadcast a segment from St Peter's Church on the subject of the Wedding March to coincide with the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton that day. Although it is not available online to watch, local reporter Lewis Clarke made a "behind the scenes" film about it, which you can watch below.

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