Music for Royal Occasions, Nov 2012

In Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II

Sunday 4 Nov 2012 7:00pm Diamond Jubilee
Royal Northern College of Music

This rather belated Jubilee concert was much appreciated by the audience.  There were no vocal soloists, so there was a lot of work for the choir to do, interspersed with items for the orchestra and for trumpet and organ soloists.

To view the concert programme, click here.

Programme Included:
Coronation Anthems (inc. “Zadok the Priest”) Written for the coronation of George II in 1727
Music for The Royal Fireworks Written to accompany a royal firework display in 1749 to celebrate the end of the War of the Austrian Succession
Hallelujah Chorus The custom that the audience stands during this chorus is said to have been started by George II, although there is little direct evidence for this.
I was Glad Composed for the coronation of Edward VII and revised for that of George V.
Blest Pair of Sirens This extract from Milton’s Paradise Lost was set by Parry for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee
Jerusalem Parry’s setting of William Blake’s words has no particular royal origins. However George V said he preferred it to “God Save the King” and it is now regularly used as a patriotic anthem.
Te Deum (Prelude)  This well-known tune introduces the Te Deum which was composed to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Steinkirk where the Allies, led by William III of England had to be content with the silver medal.
Jeremiah Clarke
The Prince of Denmark’s March Composed for Prince George, husband of the future Queen Anne.
Trumpet Soloist James Bulger
Orchestra East Lancs Sinfonia
Conductor Nigel P Wilkinson

Tickets (Adults £14, RNCM students £5, under 18s accompanied by an adult £1) were available from:

– Our ticket secretary on 01457 875 221

– The RNCM box office on 0161 907 5555

– Online via the RNCM web site (explore to find the concert then book online)