Wednesday, 27 June 2012

A Garland for the Queen

Having started 2012 in a royal vein with their Chapel Royal Concert in March, Cantilena is following this through with a summer concert filled with music celebrating the two Queen Elizabeths.

In 1601, two years before Elizabeth I's death, the composer Thomas Morley published a book of madrigals called "The Triumphs of Oriana". All the madrigals, which were supplied by many different composers, had to include a setting of the words "Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana/Long live fair Oriana"

Diana, the virgin goddess, was obviously the right member of the classical pantheon to represent the Virgin Queen and all the madrigals are strictly pagan in tone. Queen Elizabeth I was referred to as "Oriana" although the meaning and reason are obscure and some historians suggest she didn't like the nickname!

When Queen Elizabeth II succeded to the throne in 1952, a number of English composers were invited to contribute to a loosely connected group of pieces entitled "A Garland for the Queen" to commemorate her coronation. Composers included Vaughan Williams, Ireland and Finzi.

Benjamin Britten wrote an opera called "Gloriana" in the Queen's honour which wasn't entirely successful, but his choral dances remain.

We can't think of a better way to express our respect and admiration for these two amazing queens than to combine pieces from both these groups of music into one glorious concert.

We will be joined by local folk band Rough Round the Edges

Come & hear us on Saturday 14 July 2012 at 7.00pm at the Somerset Rural Life Museum. Tickets are £10.00 and include wine, Feel free to bring a picnic!

For tickets or more information call  01278 722870 or buy tickets from the Glastonbury Music Shop.

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