Ed Sheeran, Adele, Coronation

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Yikes! Adele, Ed Sheeran ‘too busy’ to perform at King’s coronation

Adele and Ed Sheeran are out. But the Spice Girls and Lionel Richie might be performing at the King’s coronation concert.

Ed Sheeran, Adele, Coronation

Adele. Image: @adele | Instagram.
Ed Sheerna: Image: @zakarywalters | Instagram.

Yikes! Adele and Ed Sheeran both turned down the royal invitation to perform at the King’s coronation concert.

And the international superstars are only some of the musical acts that declined to perform at King Charles III’s coronation concert in May.

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MailOnline recently revealed that Adele was asked to perform at the lavish coronation concert set for 7 May at Windsor Castle. She however declined due to other commitments.

The concert will take place the day after King Charles III’s coronation on 6 May at Westminster Abbey.

A source involved in the coronation arrangements told MailOnline: “The King has suggested a number of people he would like to perform, and Adele and Ed were on that list. He was very keen that they were part of the concert.”

“There is a team set up to get the talent signed up, but they were unavailable, which was a massive disappointment. They are titans of the showbiz industry and are quintessentially British but also known across the globe. It’s such a shame,” the source added.

The publication later revealed that Ed Sheeran was also on the King’s list. He also unfortunately declined. Sheeran has a show in Texas the day before the concert, making him unable to make the nine-hour journey even on a private jet.

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Ed Sheeran’s touring profits have taken a hit due to Covid. Image via Twitter @iheartradio

The “Shape of You” singer’s absence is a massive blow to fans. He closed the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant last June. His song “Perfect” was chosen as a tribute to the then monarch and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, MailOnline reports.

According to sources, Lionel Richie and the Spice Girls are in conversation with the coronation organisers. it is still unclear whether Victoria Beckham will join.

Buckingham Palace announced that BBC and BBC Studios would screen the concert.

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For the coronation service to be held on 6 May at Westminster Abbey in London, King Charles III has personally selected the musical program for the service, Buckingham Palace reveals.

He has even enlisted the help of acclaimed British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to write the flagship anthem.

The King has commissioned twelve new pieces of music – including six orchestral works, five choral pieces, and one organ commission.

The King wants “a range of musical styles and performers blend tradition, heritage, and ceremony with new musical voices of today,” Buckingham Palace says.

“My anthem includes words slightly adapted from Psalm 98. I have scored it for the Westminster Abbey choir and organ, the ceremonial brass and orchestra,” Lloyd Webber said. “I hope my anthem reflects this joyful occasion.”

The Coronation March has been written by award-winning Scottish composer, Patrick Doyle. He is best known for his work on films like “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Gosford Park,” and “Carlito’s Way,” CNN reports.


Other musical elements include Greek Orthodox music to be played during the service. The Byzantine Chant Ensemble will perform the music in tribute to his father, the late Prince Philip.

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Britain’s King Charles III attends at a reception at Clarence House in London. Image: Chris Jackson | AFP.

Ian Farrington, Sarah Class, Nigel Hess, Paul Mealor, Tarik O’Regan, Roxanna Panufnik, Shirley J. Thompson, Judith Weir, Roderick Williams, and Debbie Wiseman will also perform new organ commissions.

The service will be sung by The Choir of Westminster Abbey and The Choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. Girl choristers from the Chapel Choir of Methodist College, Belfast, and Truro Cathedral Choir will also take part. 

The Ascension Choir, a handpicked gospel choir, will also perform as part of the service. The palace revealed that the King’s Scholars of Westminster School will proclaim the traditional ‘Vivat’ acclamations.

Andrew Nethsingha, organist and master of the choristers at Westminster Abbey, says all coronation services are a blend “deeply-rooted tradition and contemporary innovation.

He praises the new British monarch for “choosing fine musicians and accessible, communicative music for this great occasion,” MailOnline reports.

The three-day-long celebrations will include a grand procession through central London and the star-studded concert at Windsor Castle.

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