The Queen’s funeral will be “our moment of reality,” says Master of the King’s Music

The Queen’s state funeral will be a day highlighting the “wonderful things that can happen in music,” said the King’s master of music.

Judith Weir served the late monarch as Mistress of Music to the Queen until her death, having become the first woman to be appointed to the position in 2014.

Following Charles’ accession to the throne, Mrs. Weir will become Master of the King’s Music until the end of her term in 2024.

The Queen’s funeral will be an “important day” that will touch millions.

“It’s going to be a beautiful day, we’re going to see the most wonderful things that can happen in music,” she told the BBC. “I also think it’s an important moment for us to really realize that we won’t be seeing the Queen again.

“She’s not going to show up like she’s done so many times, even in the last year, to do some nice things, cut a cake at WI or anything. She died, that’s our moment of reality.”

The composer and musician, 68, also spoke about the Queen’s joy in music.

She said: “In my experience, she was a person who had a lot of music in her life. She grew up very musical, taking piano lessons and singing amateur plays at a young age.

The Queen delivers a speech at the Philharmonic in Slovakia (Chris Ison/PA)

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“But of course she was surrounded by music in her mature life, she really admired those wonderful military bands.

“She was a dedicated churchgoer and leader of the English Church, she went at least once a week and she and her husband really heard and could really distinguish that beautiful Anglican music.

“Of course I would also say that she was a young person in the 40s and would have listened to a lot of great show music back then.

“I don’t remember her being confident on any piece of music, but she was very clear on good or bad performances, whether people were doing well or not.

“I think that’s why it was worth having a good word from her.”

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