Eternal Light & Coronation Anthems
8 April at 19:30 - 21:30
Choir 86 are proud to bring your Howard Goodall’s – Eternal Light and Handel’s Coronation Anthems this Easter.
Eternal Light was commissioned in 2008 and has received countless performances since then, making it his most popular choral composition. Goodall takes an unorthodox and unusual approach to a work which is traditionally a prayer for the souls of the departed. Eternal Light focuses instead on those who are left to grieve at the loss of a loved one. In talking about this piece he has referred to the power of music to heal and to create a sense of comfort whilst still acknowledging the painful loss. His intention is to seek out the healing power of music, to create a sense of solace whilst acknowledging the unbearable loss and emptiness following the death of a loved one. Howard describes Eternal Light as a Requiem for the living, using poetry readings and hymns alongside the more familiar text of the mass.
Handel’s Coronation Anthems were composed for the coronation of George II in 1727 and since then have formed a key element in the English Choral tradition. Zadok the Priest has been performed at all subsequent coronations and the other anthems have the same majestic grandeur.
An exciting programme, not to be missed.