This concert was postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and provisionally has been re-scheduled for 6 November 2021, subject to confirmation in the autumn.
Saturday 2nd May 2020
7.30 pm Cirencester Parish Church
G F Handel – Coronation Anthems
Thomas Linley Jr – Let God Arise
Carleton Etherington (Conductor)
Soloists from the Royal College of Music
Corelli Ensemble (Director Warwick Cole)
Handel’s Coronation Anthems were composed for the coronation of King George II in 1727 and were Handel’s first commission as a newly naturalised British subject. Best known of the four anthems is Zadok the Priest, sung at every coronation since. As befits a coronation, the anthems, set to appropriate biblical texts for orchestra and chorus, are both ceremonial and celebratory.
Thomas Linley Jr, born in Bath in 1756, died in a boating accident aged just 22. He was hailed in his lifetime as ‘The English Mozart’ after Mozart himself described him as ‘a true genius’. The anthem Let God arise is Linley’s earliest surviving work, written for the Three Choirs Festival in 1773 and sung in Gloucester in 1775. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this rarely performed work for chorus, soloists and orchestra by an unsung west-country prodigy.