Handel Coronation Anthems and Bach Magnificat
The Abbey Choir is joined by St James’ Baroque for its popular annual concert presented in association with the London Festival of Baroque Music.
The Choir of Westminster Abbey
St James' Baroque
James O'Donnell conductor
HANDEL Coronation Anthems: Zadok the Priest; Let thy hand be strengthened
HANDEL Concerto Grosso Op 3 no 2 in B flat
HANDEL Coronation Anthems: The king shall rejoice; My heart is inditing
JS BACH Magnificat in D
The London Festival of Baroque Music returns to Westminster Abbey for a programme which brings together major works by two titans of the Baroque era. Handel's four Coronation Anthems were the first works he composed following his naturalisation as a British citizen in February 1727 and were written for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline which took place in the Abbey on 11th October that year. The Coronation Anthems are paired here with one of Handel's most exuberant concerti grossi, while JS Bach's superlative celebration of the Visitation, the Magnificat in D, forms the second half of the concert.
This year's London Festival of Baroque Music – the 36th – explores themes of travel and discovery in a season entitled 'Crossing the border'.
Tickets can be purchased from St John's Smith Square:
Book online: sjss.org.uk
Book by telephone: 020 7222 1061
General booking opens Monday 28th January at 10:00am
Additional event information
- Doors open at 6:15pm
- Entry is via the Great West Door
- There will be an interval of 20 minutes at approximately 7:50pm and the performance will end at around 8:45pm
- Latecomers will be admitted but may not be able to occupy their allocated seats until a suitable break in the performance
- Please consult our Visit us pages if you are interested in taking a tour of the Abbey. On concert evenings the church is not open for visiting and it is only possible to view the area in which the concert takes place (usually the nave).
- This event is not recommended for children under the age of six