All4Music: Handel’s Coronation Anthems


There are few feelings in the world that match the explosion of the choir entrance at the beginning of Handel’s Zadok the Priest. A gradual string crescendo teases the listener through a harmonic progression that promises a grand resolution, and it is certainly grand. Fit for a king’s coronation, Handel delivers a mammoth setting of ancient words that is sure to set hairs on end. Alongside this famous work, Handel wrote three further anthems – all equally royal – and these pieces have excited choirs and audiences ever since their premiere at the coronation of George II in 1727.

All4Music will be going regal in May to welcome back Steven Kings as we sing through these Coronation Anthems. Whether you have experience of the music or not you are welcome to join us for a day that promises joyful singing in abundance.

Steven Kings is conductor of Monmouth Choral Society and Thornbury Choral Society, Assistant Music Director of Bristol Choral Society and, from 2001 to 2014, was Assistant Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales. He has built up a wide range of experience as choral conductor, chorus master, workshop leader and repetiteur, and he has prepared and performed every kind of choral repertoire from the Medieval to the Twenty-First Century.