This concert will be a right royal romp! Handel’s Coronation Anthems are a collection of four and they were designed to be played at the coronation of the British monarch. Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, The King Shall Rejoice, and My Heart Is Inditing are the four titles and the best known at this present time is of course, Zadok. The words of Zadok the Priest have been sung at every coronation since that of King Edgar in 973AD, and Handel’s setting has been sung at every one since 1727.
There will also be two settings of “When David Heard“, one by Thomas Weelkes (1575-1623) organist of Chichester Cathedral and the other by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656).The text is the well-known story of David’s grief at the death of his son Absalom as related in 2 Samuel 18:33 Thomas Weelkes is best known for his vocal music, especially his madrigals and church music. He wrote more Anglican services than any other major composer of the time, mostly for Evensong. Many of his anthems are verse anthems, which would have suited the small forces he was writing for at Chichester Cathedral.
Thomas Tomkins was a master of the verse anthem, a form alternating sections for one or more soloists with full choral writing and was one of the major composers for music for the Anglican church in the 17th century. However, When David Heard, one of his masterpieces, falls into the category of full anthem.
Stockport Symphony Orchestra will perform from Handel’s oratorio Samson the Overture and the popular “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”