Platinum Jubilee Concert

04 June 2022
19:30 - 21:45
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir Concert
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque will perform a concert of Handel's famous Coronation Anthems in honour of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee on Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm.

Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir
Norwich Baroque
Katy Crompton Soprano
Hugh Cutting Counter tenor
Edward Grint Bass
Ashley Grote Conductor

Handel               The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
                           Music for the Royal Fireworks
                           Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal source of light divine)
                           Coronation Anthems including ‘Zadok the Priest’

Tickets £15-30 (£5 for under 18s in the side aisles) plus booking fee.
To book click here or call the TicketSource box office on 0333 666 3366.

There will be an interval during this performance and the performance is due to end at about 9.45pm.

Platinum Jubilee Concert
A word from Ashley Grote, the concert's conductor, about the background to the music selected for this very special concert...

Join us for a spectacular performance of Royal music by George Frederic Handel, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque are joined by internationally acclaimed soprano Katy Crompton, bass Edward Grint and counter tenor Hugh Cutting, who won the highly prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award in October 2021 – the first counter tenor ever to do so.

He will be singing the famous aria ‘Eternal source of light divine’ which opens Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, heard at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in May 2018.

This special concert will also include a rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of Handel’s thrilling Music for the Royal Fireworks, composed by Handel in 1749 for King George II to accompany fireworks in Green Park. Mozart described this hugely popular work as “a spectacle of English pride and joy” and its movements have been heard at numerous Royal occasions since. Norwich Baroque will be joined by some of the country’s finest baroque trumpets and horn players for this one-off performance.

The concert also includes Handel’s much-loved Sinfonia to Act 3 of his oratorio Solomon, ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, a piece that has become a favourite choice of many wedding couples. Concluding the performance are Handel’s four great Coronation Anthems, composed for the Coronation of King George II. The first of these anthems, ‘Zadok the Priest’, with its thrilling introduction and dramatic choral entrance accompanied by trumpets and drums, has been performed at every British Coronation since 1727.