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Prince of Wales attends Service of Thanksgiving for the late Dame Joan Sutherland

Tuesday, 15th February 2011

Prince of Wales attends Service of Thanksgiving for the late Dame Joan Sutherland

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the late Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE (1926 - 2010) in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 15th February at 12 noon.

The service was conducted by The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.

A recording of Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson sung by Dame Joan Sutherland was played during which Vanya Bonynge, Dame Joan’s grandson, bore the insignia of the Order of Merit, the Order of Australia and the Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire, through the Abbey to the High Altar.

Dame Norma Major DBE read 1 Samuel 16: 14-23 and Richard Bonynge read Colossians 3: 12-17.

Valda Wilson, soprano, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Antonio Pappano, performed Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré, Messe de Requiem Op 48 and Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate K 165.

The Address was given by Sir John Tooley, General Director, Royal Opera House (1970-88).

The Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Minor Canon of Westminster led the prayers.

The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, conducted by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers. The organ was played by Robert Quinney, Sub-Organist. The music before the service was played by James McVinnie, Assistant Organist and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

See also:

Order of Service (PDF, 507 KB)

The Address given by Sir John Tooley

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