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Zadok the Priest, HWV 258 (Coronation Anthem No 1) (5')
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 (26')
My Heart is Inditing, HWV 261 (Coronation Anthem No 4) (12’)
Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, HWV 259 (Coronation Anthem No 2) (7')
Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine (26')
The King Shall Rejoice, HWV 260 (Coronation Anthem No 3) (13')
A glittering evening of richly sumptuous, ceremonial music by one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era. Handel is superbly paired here with Bernard Labadie, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Baroque and Classical repertoire. In his long, hugely successful career, Handel was often called upon to compose music for royalty and great state occasions and this evening opens with one of his four Coronation Anthems, Zadok the Priest. Originally composed for the coronation of George II, it has been performed at every subsequent British coronation, traditionally during the Sovereign’s anointing.
This evening presents a rare chance to hear all four of the Coronation Anthems and the first opportunity of the Season to hear the SCO Chorus, whose critically acclaimed performance of Handel’s Jephtha was one of the highlights at last year’s BBC Proms.
Digital editions of the programmes are now available for sale for £2 from https://issuu.com/scomusic These can be purchased and read online or downloaded the morning of the first concert of the week. We will then make these available free of charge the following Monday.
Traditional printed programmes will still be on sale at the venue for £3.
Bernard Labadie is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. He founded Les Violons du Roy and was their Music Director for three decades.
Lydia Teuscher was born in Freiburg, Germany and studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim.
In 2017 Iestyn was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to Music. A former Cambridge choral scholar, he went on to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music.
Matthew Brook leapt to fame with his 2007 Gramophone Award-winning recording of Handel’s Messiah with the Dunedin Consort, followed by equally critically acclaimed recordings of Acis and Galatea and St Matthew Passion.