An English Coronation


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.

In the imposing surroundings of Ely Cathedral, Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli bring the history, ceremony and liturgy of these extraordinary events to life. With his renowned creative flair, McCreesh’s painstaking research provides the springboard for their latest ground-breaking recreation project. The result is 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 is amplified by the energetic sound and fresh faces of several hundred young singers from Gabrieli’s choral training programme Gabrieli Roar. The music is interspersed by the coronation liturgy, with Simon Russell Beale speaking the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Performance ★★ Recording★★★★★ McCreesh at his considerable best – BBC Music Magazine

★ Paul McCreesh has magnificently recreated this unique coronation rite… truly heart-warming – Choir & Organ

★ An astonishing recording – The Times

★ McCreesh has conceived and executed a magnificent project – Classical Source

★ Palpable enthusiasm and engagement – Planet Hugill

One can imagine the virtuosity required by every contributor, at every turn, to make this a reality, let alone a dazzling triumph – Gramophone

A most recommendable treat – MusicWeb International

This is something very special – Cross Rhythms

 iTUNES  Spotify

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Simon Russell Beale

Paul McCreesh

RELEASE DATE: 03/05/2019


BARCODE: 635212056929


1. Coronation March, Op. 65 Edward Elgar

2. The King’s Herald Herbert Howells

3. Rejoice Today with One Accord Martin Luther, arr. Johann Sebastian Bach

4. O Most Merciful Charles Wood

5. Litany Thomas Tallis

6. O God, Our Help in Ages Past William Croft

7. Three Chorale Fantasias: I. O God, Our Help in Ages Past Hubert Parry

8. Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39: No. 1 in D Major Edward Elgar

9. Entrance Fanfare Ernest Bullock

10. I Was Glad Hubert Parry

11. The Presentation, Fanfares and Acclamations Ernest Bullock

12. The Administration and Signing of the Oath Anonymous

13. O Hearken Thou, Op. 64 Edward Elgar

14. The Collect Anonymous

15. Peter 2:13-17 Anonymous

16. Hear My Prayer, O Lord, Z. 15 Henry Purcell

17. Matthew 22:15 Anonymous

18. Mass in G Minor: Creed Ralph Vaughan Williams

19. Come, Holy Ghost Ernest Bullock

20. The Prayer over the Ampulla Anonymous

21. Zadok the Priest, HWV 258 George Frideric Handel

22. The Anointing and Blessing Anonymous


1. Prayers, Acclamations and Crowning Fanfare Ernest Bullock

2. Confortare (Be strong and play the man) Walter Parratt

3. The King Receives the Holy Bible Anonymous

4. The Blessing of the King and People Anonymous

5. The Exhortation Anonymous

6. Rejoice in the Lord Alway John Redford

7. I Will Not Leave You Comfortless William Byrd

8. O Clap Your Hands Together Orlando Gibbons

9. Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace Samuel Sebastian Wesley

10. Homage Fanfare and Acclamations Ernest Bullock

11. All People That on Earth do Dwell (The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune) Ralph Vaughan Williams

12. The Offertory Prayer and Prayer for the Church Militant Anonymous

13. The Exhortation, General Confession and Absolution Anonymous

14. The Preface Anonymous

15. Mass in G Minor: Sanctus Ralph Vaughan Williams

16. The Prayer of Humble Access and Prayer of Consecration Anonymous

17. O Taste and See Ralph Vaughan Williams

18. The Lord’s Prayer John Merbecke

19. The Post-Communion Prayer Anonymous

20. ‘Coronation’ Gloria in B flat Charles Villiers Stanford

21. The Blessing Anonymous

22. Threefold Amen Orlando Gibbons

23. Coronation Te Deum William Walton

24. Recessional and National Anthem David Matthews

25. Crown Imperial William Walton

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