The King Shall Rejoice

/ May

The King Shall Rejoice

SJE Arts
Start Time
07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
£38, £30, £24, £20 and £15; half price on all bands for under 18s and NUS

Instruments of Time and Truth
Oxford Consort of Voices
Tom Bateman, narrator

Humfrey: Anthem
Purcell: Fantasia on a ground (à 4)
Humfrey: Anthem
Purcell: Pavan and Chacony
Humfrey: Anthem
Purcell: Trumpet Sonata in D
PurcellHail, Bright Cecilia, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day

The King Shall Rejoice celebrates a moment in English history when the arts were re-embraced by monarch and people alike.  At the restored Court of Charles II music was welcomed back into the divine office, and in London town, theatre music took off.

Pelham Humfrey was the first great composer furnishing elaborate sacred music for the royal chapel, and at the other end of the period Purcell was the last, leaving an indelible mark on the music heard out and about in town.

In this concert we hear the best of Humfrey’s anthems and the best of Purcell’s odes, drawn together with narration by actor Tom Bateman, star of ITV’s Vanity Fair.