Forthcoming Events

An English Coronation, Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

23 July 2018, 7.30pm

The four coronations of the twentieth 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 bands of fanfare trumpeters led the pomp and celebration.

EDWARD VII 1902 | GEORGE V 1911 | GEORGE VI 1937 | ELIZABETH II 1953

In the imposing surroundings of Ely Cathedral, Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli will bring the
history, ceremony and liturgy of these extraordinary events to life. With his renowned
creative flair, McCreesh’s painstaking research will provide the springboard for our latest
ground-breaking recreation project. The result will be a joyful celebration of five centuries
of choral music, performed with the same vast forces as were heard at the coronation
services. Alongside an orchestra of rare early-twentieth century instruments, an extended
Gabrieli Consort will be amplified by the energetic sound and fresh faces of several hundred
young singers from our choral training programme Gabrieli Roar.

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