The Coronation of George II in 1727 was a magnificent event, deploying great pump and ceremonial magnified by equally splendid music. The new king asked Handel, then a famous opera composer, to create the music for this grand ceremony which would take place in Westminster Abbey.Handel’s inspiration was at its apogee and he wrote four new anthems: Zadok the Priest for the unction (which was immediately so successful and popular that it is sung at each coronation), My heart is inditing (for the Queen’s coronation), The King shall rejoice for the coronation and Let my hand be strengthened for the enthronement. With these four triumphal anthems, ceremonial compositions by other composers were sung such as O Lord, give the King a long life by William Child, plain-chant for Come, Holy ghost, Behold O God our defender and God spake sometime in visions by Blow, the anthem I was glad when they said unto me by Purcell, a Te Deum by Orlondo Gibbons, and also the intimate supplication of Tallis’s Litanies, interspersed with superb fanfares and drum processions.
The result is one of the finest ceremonial compositions ever written for a coronation in England.
This new reconstitution of the coronation uses all parts of the church where it is performed, with drum processions, fanfares with six trumpets and the King’s Consort choir together with the full King’s Consort orchestra.
Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
The Royal Coronation of George II of England
A grandiose reconstitution of the King George II’s coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1727.
Music by Handel, Purcell, Blow, with processions of drums and trumpet
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From January 17, 2018 to January 17, 2018
• Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 30€ / 2nd category : 50€ / 1st category : 70€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 110€ / Prestige VIP (glass of champagne + programme) : 130€From 30 € to 130 €
• Annual - 3rd category (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) : 25€ / 2nd category : 42€ / 1st category : 58€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 95€ REDUCED RATE APPLICABLE TO : - under 26, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people - holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport. Reservation by telephone only at +33 (0) 130 837 889 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles internet site.From 25 € to 95 €
- On January 17, 2018 from 20:00 at 22:30
- * Duration 2:30 with intermission