June 2022 will see celebrations throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the Platinum Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen. The Basingstoke Choral Society's summer concert provides some of the best music by English composers and, as a salute to our Queen, includes three pieces performed at the coronation in 1953.
Handel, a naturalised Englishman, wrote his much loved Zadok the Priest for the coronation of George II in 1727. It has been performed at every coronation of a British monarch ever since and is both a joy to sing and a joy to listen to. Sir William Walton composed the second Coronation March, Orb and Sceptre which will be performed as part of the programme. One of the most popular of church anthems is Sir Hubert Parry’s I Was Glad, originally written in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII. It was revised in 1911 for that of George V and sung once again for our Queen’s coronation.
No programme of English music would be complete without including a work by Sir Edward Elgar. His Cello Concerto, one of the last of his more notable works which he composed in 1919. Despite a disastrous first performance, this piece has become a favourite in the orchestral repertoire.
Finally, there will be the première of a piece written by David Lucas, a long-standing member of the Choral Society. Dover Beach is a setting for chorus and orchestra of the well-known 19th century poem by Matthew Arnold.
This concert offers, not only a brand-new piece, but rousing and well-known works by popular and much loved English composers which the listener cannot fail to enjoy and to feel uplifted by.