Music for a Royal Occasion
The West Devon Chorale’s summer concert 2018 will feature choral music written for royal weddings, coronations and funerals and feature some of the most well-known works from the choral repertoire.
Included in the concert will be choral favourites including Handel’s Zadok the Priest, performed at every coronation ceremony since 1727, Parry’s I was Glad first performed at Kind Edward VII coronation in 1902 and Stanford’s exuberant Gloria written for the coronation of of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 and performed at every coronation since.
The programme will also include less well known items such as Elgar’s O Hearken Thou written for King George Vs coronation in 1911 and Howells’ Behold, O God our Defender composed for the 1953 coronation.
Wedding music by William Mathias and Paul Mealor is also included, as is music from funeral services by Henry Purcell and John Tavener, whose Song for Athene was such a poignant moment when performed at the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997.
Also included in the programme will be choral music by Vaughan Williams and S.S. Wesley and ceremonial organ music by Elgar and Walton.