Saturday 4 March 2017
(concert ends 9.15pm approximately)
The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Handel: Let Thy Hand Be Strenghtened
Handel: The King Shall Rejoice
Handel: My Heart is Inditing
Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Handel: Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 6
James Recknell organ
Bury Bach Choir
Philip Reed conductor
Less than a year after being naturalized British by the dying King George l, George Frideric Handel was commissioned to compose four anthems for the coronation of his successor King George ll and Queen Caroline on 11 October 1727. He elected to write all four anthems in a particularly bold and extrovert style, suitable for the grandness and importance of the occasion, and for the scale of the venue, Westminster Abbey.
These four anthems were instantly popular and have remained so with concert audiences to this day. They are still frequently performed at Royal occasions and indeed Zadok the Priest has been performed at every coronation since 1727. Their festive pomp and glittering fanfares never fail to put a tingle down the spine. At this concert, unusually, you will be able to enjoy all four in one evening, in the beautiful acoustic of the Apex. This will be quite special for all choral enthusiasts, and will also be a wonderful introduction to classical choral music for those of any age who are unfamiliar with the excitement of a live classical concert.
Purcell’s anthems for the ceremonial funeral of Queen Mary in Westminster Abbey in 1695 are among the composer’s finest vocal music. Together with the associated sombre processional music, Purcell manages to convey the profound sense of loss of a favourite monarch.
Booking opens 5 September 2016
Tickets £23, £19.50 and £14 (all seats reserved)
Early booking discount £1 off all tickets booked by 4 February 2017
Possible concert dates and venues
Saturday 6 November 2021
The Apex, Charter Square
Saturday 18 December 2021
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham
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