"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
from the Queen's Coronation, 1953
glorious curtain-raiser to the Jubilee celebrations, this Choral
Foundation concert was a reminder of the wonderful music heard in
Westminster Abbey when our Queen was crowned.
a reconstruction, of course. The Abbey boasted 400 voices, and here
there were more brass players than men's voices. But a showcase of
the great British music, which, across the centuries, has accompanied
this solemn ritual, set in historical context by a commentary from
the Reverend Prebendary William Scott.
with the stirring bombast of Parry's I Was Glad, written for Edward
VII, and heard last year at the Royal Wedding. There was Crown
Imperial, too, and Zadok the Priest, as well as Walton's Coronation
Te Deum, which received its first performance that June day, as did
Dyson's joyful Confortare, Harris's Gradual and Healey Willan's O
Lord Our Governour. Choral music from the age of the first Elizabeth
was represented by Byrd's beautiful Sing Joyfully, sung by the boys
and men. The twentieth century gave us Vaughan Williams' O Taste and
See, with a striking treble solo, and Stanford's exhilarating Gloria
[George V]. The whole Cathedral rose to sing The Old Hundredth, and
Gordon Jacob's Coronation arrangement of the National Anthem.
Cathedral Choir and Consort, with the Westminster Brass and Simon
Lawford at the organ, were conducted by Oliver Waterer.
next special occasion from the Choral Foundation is an eagerly
awaited appearance by The Swingle Singers, coming to the Cathedral on