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An English Coronation

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019
Time(s): 18:30 to 20:30

Type: Music

Booking Required: Yes


The four coronations of the 20th century were enormous and extravagant. Replete with festive pageantry, these ceremonies were joyful celebrations of British music, employing tremendous forces. Choirs from across London
and beyond were marshalled to provide a chorus of over 400 voices; a full-size symphony orchestra was squeezed into Westminster Abbey, whilst fanfare trumpets and drums heralded the celebrations.
Ahead of the release of a new recording recreating these vast musical forces, Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli bring the history, ceremony and liturgy of these four extraordinary coronations to life in a programme for choir, organ and brass ensemble, shedding new light on beloved works of the Anglican cathedral tradition.

The Gabrieli Consort under their Director Paul McCreesh are world renowned interpreters of exciting music from across the ages. They have inspired Purbeck audiences over many years. For 2019, they bring with them a full brass ensemble.

Matthew Martin (organ) is Director of Music and a Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. He has written compositions for a range of internationally acclaimed choirs including Gabrieli, The Tallis Scholars and the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Cambridge College Choirs.

Rehearsal: Those who have bought tickets for the evening performance can sit in on part of the rehearsal in the church from 3.00pm. Please bring your ticket to gain admittance.


AddressPriory Church of Lady St Mary
BH20 4ND

Phone01929 551071



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