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An English Coronation

In July 2018, Gabrieli will present its latest super-sized choral extravaganza at Ely Cathedral: a reconstruction of a twentieth century royal coronation, drawing on the repertoire performed at the four ceremonies of the twentieth century.

Edward VII – 1902        George V – 1911        George VI – 1936        Elizabeth II – 1953

This lavish project will echo the huge musical forces gathered for such occasions, when the choirs from churches across London were marshalled to form one massed choir, performing with full-scale symphony orchestra and fanfare trumpeters. Our project will involve nearly 400 musicians, including the fresh faces and energetic sound of over 250 young singers from Gabrieli Roar.

Gabrieli Roar Residential Training Course: 21-23 July 2018

Ely Cathedral Performance: 23 July 2018

Ely Cathedral Recording Sessions: 24-26 July 2018

With his habitual talent for marrying painstaking research with imaginative flair, Paul McCreesh has reconstructed the liturgy of these celebratory but solemn occasions with the best music performed. The repertoire, drawn from across five centuries, includes some of the classics of twentieth century English choral music – Parry I was Glad, Wesley Thou wilt keep him, Stanford Gloria in B flat, Vaughan Williams setting of Old Hundredth and Walton’s spectacular 1953 Coronation Te Deum. These familiar favourites will sparkle anew when heard with such unusually big forces. Happily all of the coronations also included music from much earlier periods and so these huge anthems will be thrown into relief by more intimate works by Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell, Tallis and Tye.

In the austere, inspiring surroundings of Ely Cathedral, history, ceremony and liturgy will be brought to life with the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of Gabrieli’s massed forces.

This will be an unmissable event.

This is a diverse, complex project and we welcome support for any aspect of it: the significant costs of the logistics of involving 250 young singers, Gabrieli Roar’s training, fees and expenses for our professional musicians, concert promotion or recording costs. To discuss how you might become involved and help to make this extraordinary and exciting project a reality, please contact Susie York Skinner:, 020 7613 4530.