A Deeside composer has been selected to write music for the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III which he says is ‘the honour of a lifetime’.

Professor Paul Mealor, who grew up in Deeside, is the only Welsh composer who has been commissioned to write an entirely new piece of music for the ceremony on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.

He described it as ‘the honour of a lifetime’ and said he was delighted that His Majesty has supported the creation of new music for the Coronation.

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Mealor is one of only a handful of living composers who has been given the honour of creating pieces for the historic event at Westminster Abbey.

He said: “It is the most amazing honour to be asked to produce a piece of music for such an important historic occasion.

“We have a King who has shown great support for a wide variety of music over many years and is a passionate advocate for music.

“It is a privilege to be a part of an occasion of this scale. Many of us will not experience another Coronation in our lifetimes.”

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Writing an entirely new work for such a significant world stage is not without its challenges and Professor Mealor said he had to block out thoughts of the momentous occasion while composing.

“Once the adrenaline of being selected for this honour wears off, it is rather daunting to begin putting pencil to manuscript and trusting that what you write will be worthy of such a stage,” he added.

“I am grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity following on from a number of previous occasions where I have written for both His Majesty and Her Majesty The Queen Consort."

Mealor's new piece of music will be one of 12 commissioned by the King for his coronation including an anthem written by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Charles has personally selected the musical programme for the May 6 ceremony at Westminster Abbey, which has been designed to showcase a range of musical talent and styles from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

This is not the first Royal composition Mealor has written as he wrote the anthem for the wedding of Kate and William, a 65th birthday anthem for the then Prince of Wales and my anthem and a Welsh Prayer that was performed at the national service of Thanksgiving for the life of Queen Elizabeth II at Llandaff cathedral last September attended by The King and Queen.