On 11 October 1727, George II was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey. The House of Hanover’s favourite composer was the natural choice to provide the music.
Handel wrote four majestic Coronation Anthems for the occasion, the most famous, Zadok the Priest, designed to unleash its blazing choral entry just as George stepped into the Abbey’s chancel.
The Academy of Ancient Music returns to the Proms to fill the Royal Albert Hall with all the regal splendour of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and with Leopold Stokowski’s equally grandiose upholstering of music by Bach and Purcell.
Zadok the Priest 6’
My heart is inditing 12’
Armonico tributo – Sonata No. 5 in G major 22’
Let thy hand be strengthened 8’
J. S. Bach, arr. L. Stokowski
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 – Air 5’
Purcell, arr. L. Stokowski
Dido and Aeneas –’When I am laid in earth’ (Dido’s Lament) 5’
Handel The King shall rejoice 11’
Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr conductor
If you would like to find out more or buy a ticket, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here
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