Zadok the Priest
with an orchestra of period instruments
The Australian Chamber Choir “with complete stylistic perfection … astonished the audience with their vocal virtuosity” – a review in Denmark’s leading newspaper followed their Copenhagen performance in July. Their next program is a fitting celebration.
Since King Sigbert of the Angles established the body of singers and musicians known as the Chapel Royal in 635 AD, English monarchs have continued to employ the country’s finest composers. The ACC’s Chapel Royal program begins with Purcell’s moving March and Canzona, written for the funeral of Queen Mary and played on sombre baroque oboes and bassoons. This contrasts with his Te Deum Laudamus: two majestic trumpets make way for an intimate trio of voices before Purcell’s sublime choral sound is heard for the first time. In the fabulous acoustics of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Middle Park), you might imagine yourself in Westminster Abbey.
- George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) – Zadok the Priest, My heart is inditing
- Henry Purcell (1659–95) – Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary, March and Canzona, Te Deum Laudamus
- Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) – O clap your hands
- William Byrd (1540–1623) – I will not leave you comfortless, Haec Dies
- Thomas Tallis (1508–85) – If ye love me
- Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003) – from English Eccentrics Choral Suite (1964) – The Quacks, The Traveller, An Amateur of Fashion
ANNOUNCING OUR CHILDREN’S CORNER. Click here for special information and activities for children. Did you know that school-aged children are admitted free of charge to this concert when booked on line with a paying adult? Click below to book.