Royal Rhymes & Rounds


On a new disc to celebrate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, The King’s Singers present a selection of works from the past 500 years written in honour of the great Monarchs of Britain.

Starting with works for (and in some cases by) Henry VIII, the programme covers the Elizabethan ‘Triumphs of Oriana’ by composers such as Gibbons, Mundy and Dowland; a very Victorian selection of dedicatory works by Elgar, Parry and Parratt; choral arrangements from the opera ‘Glorianna’ by Benjamin Britten; and a new piece by Paul Drayton that comically pens ‘A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession’. Drayton is perhaps best known to fans of The King’s Singers as the composer of their much-loved encore work Masterpiece.

A notably intelligent, enjoyable Jubilee offering – BBC Music Magazine

Premier English a cappella group provides its own celebrations in Jubilee Year – New Zealand Herald

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The King’s Singers

RELEASE DATE: 04/06/2012
BARCODE: 635212030721

1. Pastime with good companie (The King’s Ballad) King Henry VIII

2. Ah, Robin, gentle Robin William Cornysh

3. Blow thy horn, hunter William Cornysh

4. It is to me a right great joy King Henry VIII

5. Hey, trolly lolly lo! Anonymous

6. Long live fair Oriana Ellis Gibbons

7. The Silver Swan (Round) Orlando Gibbons

8. The Silver Swan Orlando Gibbons 

9. Fair Oriana, beauty’s Queen John Hilton

10. Lightly she whipped o’er the dales John Mundy

11. Flow, O my tears John Dowland 

12. Weep, O mine eyes John Bennet

13. As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending Thomas Weelkes 

14. The Triumph of Victoria Sir Walter Parratt

15. Who can dwell with greatness? Sir Hubert Parry

16. To her beneath whose steadfast star Sir Edward Elgar

Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’

Benjamin Britten 

17. Time

18. Concord

19. Time and Concord

20. Country Girls

21. Rustics and Fishermen

22. Final Dance of Homage

23. A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession (It’s just one damn King after another…) Paul Drayton

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