Summer Concert 2013 – A Garland for the Queen

A programme of choral music celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation,
and the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten

Saturday 22 June 2013   6.00pm   Roper Theatre, Hayesfield School, Bath

City of Bath Bach Choir
Nigel Perrin  Conductor

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A Garland for the Queen was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain to celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Ten British poets and ten British composers were bidden to create settings for mixed voices. The idea was to craft a 20th century ‘replica’ of the famous The Triumphs of Oriana (1601) which was presented to Queen Elizabeth I. We will be singing some of the old madrigals as well as a choice of modern songs creatively inspired by the earlier cycle. Britten’s opera Gloriana was also composed to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953; the Choral Dances are taken from the Masque in Act II.

The Triumphs of Oriana 1601

  • John Bennett: All creatures now are merry-minded
  • Robert Jones: Fair Orianna seeking to wink at folly
  • Thomas Weelkes: As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending
  • Thomas Morley: Hard by a crystal fountain

Music from the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2 June 1953

  • Herbert Howells: Behold O God Our Defender
  • William Harris: Let my prayer come up into Thy presence
  • SS Wesley: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
  • George Dyson: Confortare: Be strong and of good courage
  • Healy Willan: O Lord Our Governor

In Benjamin Britten’s centenary year

  • Choral Dances from Gloriana Op 53
  • The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
  • Old Joe has gone fishing from Peter Grimes  Op 33
  • Selections from Friday Afternoon  Op 7

A Garland for the Queen 1953

  • Bliss: Aubade for a Coronation Morning
  • Bax: What is it like to be young and fair?
  • Vaughan Williams: Silence and Music
  • Ireland: The Hills
  • Tippett: Dance, Clarion air

Tickets £14 Children under 18 £10

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On sale in April 2013
Venue Roper Theatre, Hayesfield School, Upper Oldfield Park, Bath BA2 3LA

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