King Charles had a very specific request for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber over coronation anthem

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has dished the details on creating the coronation anthem (Picture: PA/Getty)

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that King Charles III was very particular about his coronation anthem.

The award-winning composer, 75, was commissioned to arrange the music for the historic occasion, which takes place on May 6.

What he came up with was Make A Joyful Noise, but the King gave him some advice.

Appearing on The One Show on Monday (May 1), kicking off coronation week, Lord Loyd Webber said the monarch told him: ‘It’s got to be hummable.’

‘To be asked to write anything for this has just been an extraordinary honour,’ Lord Lloyd Webber began.

Revealing more details about the King’s requests, he continued: ‘He said he wanted something written by Solomon, if possible, and he was talking about the wisdom of Solomon and I thought, because of the moment it happens at the coronation, that would be the best to go for, something joyful.’

The King wanted the anthem to be ‘hummable’ (Picture: Adela Loconte/Shutterstock)

So, Lord Lloyd Webber suggested to the King adapting Psalm 98, which has the message: ‘Make A Joyful Noise unto the Lord, the King.’

‘And I think something the King is very aware of is that he is not the King, the Lord is the King, I think that is what he particularly wanted,’ the composer stated.

The Phantom of the Opera composer said he sent a rough early version of the tune to the King.

Naturally, though, the whole thing had to be kept very secret, so he performed it in his office with a choir, joking that ‘the head of HR is a bit out of tune.’

‘We went through the score and I played the piano badly, I wouldn’t say it was my finest hour,’ said the musician.

Fortunately, the King was very impressed with the draft.

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Lord Lloyd Webber said Charles was ‘moved’ by what he’d put together (Picture: Getty)

‘I got a message back saying he was very pleased by it,’ Lord Lloyd Webber shared.

‘He was quite moved by it.’

The song includes a short opening and closing fanfare played by the fanfare trumpeters of the Royal Air Force and it is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Westminster Abbey choir.

It is conducted by organist and master of the choristers at Westminster Abbey, Andrew Nethsingha, with Westminster Abbey sub-organist Peter Holder also appearing on the track.

The composer said it was an ‘honour’ to create the score for the coronation (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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Speaking previously about working on the anthem, Lord Lloyd Webber said of its release: ‘I hope my anthem will encourage everyone across the country to go and “make a joyful noise” in honour of this fantastic national occasion, and will be sung by many at other joyful occasions in the future.’

The anthem will be one of 12 new works commissioned by Charles appearing in coronation’s official album.

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In an unprecedented move, the complete album will be over four hours long and feature all the music and spoken word performances from the service.

It will be the first time a recording of a coronation ceremony will be available globally to stream and download on the day of the service in music and British royal history.

Decca will be supporting the Royal British Legion and Age UK.

The One Show airs weekdays on BBC One.

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