Thursday 08 September 2016 10.15pm

BBC Proms – Handel Coronation Anthems

at the Royal Albert Hall

Event details

  • 10.15pm. Royal Albert Hall, London


  • Handel Coronation Anthem No.1 "Zadok the Priest (1727)

  • Handel Coronation Anthem No. 4 "My heart is inditing" (1727)

  • Muffat Sonata No. 5 in G major (1682)

  • Handel Coronation Anthem No.2 "Let thy hand be strengthened" (1727)

  • JS Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major – Air (arr. L. Stokowski) (1731; arr. 1923)

  • Purcell "When I am laid in earth" (Dido's Lament) from Dido and Aeneas (arr. L. Stokowski) (1689)

  • Handel Coronation Anthem No.3 "The King shall rejoice" (1727)


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About this concert

On 11 October 1727, George II was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey. The House of Hanover’s favourite composer was the natural choice to provide the music. Handel wrote four majestic Coronation Anthems for the occasion, the most famous, Zadok the Priest, designed to unleash its blazing choral entry just as George stepped into the Abbey’s chancel.

The Academy of Ancient Music returns to the Proms to fill the Royal Albert Hall with all the regal splendour of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and with Leopold Stokowski’s equally grandiose upholstering of music by Bach and Purcell.