Handel - Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne & Coronation Anthems - Temple Church

I performed music by Georg Frideric Handel in the Summer Concert given by the Bar Choral Society at Temple Church in London on Tuesday 19th of June 2018.

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Greg Morris directed the all-Handel programme featuring the Temple Players and the Bar Choral Society with soloists: Amy Wood (soprano), James Hall (countertenor), James Way (tenor) and Richard Latham (bass). 

edgeThe performance began with Russell Gilmour (trumpet) playing Eternal Source of Light Divine with tenor soloist James Way. (This piece recently featured at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - on that occasion it was expertly played by our esteemed colleague, David Blackadder and sung by soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas). It is an exceptional piece of music.

The Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne featured excellent string playing (led by Kinga Ujszászi), most notably in the chaconne movement. There was also a gorgeous oboe obbligato from Bethan White. The Temple Players sounded fantastic, many thanks to Joseph Crouch for organising.


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The Bar Choral Society sang brilliantly in all the choruses and clearly enjoyed singing both the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne and the Coronation Anthems. They had elected to perform the Coronation Anthems in the following order: The King Shall Rejoice, My heart is inviting, Let thy hand be strengthened and Zadok the Priest. 

The trumpet and timpani section featured Russell Gilmour (1st trumpet), Gareth Hoddinott (2nd trumpet), Michael Laird (3rd trumpet) and Thomas Lowe (timpani). It was a fantastic section and it was a great honour to have my former teacher (from when I studied at the Royal College of Music in London) playing 3rd trumpet without holes on his magnificent new trumpet made by David Staff and hand engraved by myself.

After the performance, the trumpet section retired to the nearby Seven Stars on the other side of the Royal Courts of Justice. It was a wonderfully quiet and tranquil pub, which is always welcome in central London, and we enjoyed a midsummer evening standing outside.

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