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Saturday, 28 May, 2022 - 19:30

Celebrating the Queen's jubilee


Join us as we launch Guildford’s celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a programme full of majestic music.

From the ever-popular Zadok the Priest – composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727 and used at every coronation since – to Elgar’s stirring Land of Hope and Glory, part of his Coronation Ode, written for the coronation of King Edward VII and one of the most recognised pieces in the world, you’ll be swept along by music that has real pomp and circumstance.

Be transported back to the wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton in 2011, with Walton’s Crown Imperial, which was originally composed for the coronation of William’s great-grandfather and was also used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. And enjoy the anthems that have inspired friendship and camaraderie, including the choral section from Beethoven’s ninth symphony, and Parry’s Jerusalem.

Your coronation experience will be led by Jeremy Backhouse alongside the West Forest Sinfonia and more than 100 singers from Guildford’s Vivace Chorus, bringing history to life and starting the celebrations of a rare event – 70 years as Her Majesty.

Ticket holders can also join us for an exclusive pre-concert talk by Guildford’s Honorary Remembrancer, Matthew Alexander. Held in the G Live auditorium at 6.30 p.m., 'Guildford and its Royal Connections' will give a fascinating insight into the town and the string of Kings and Queens who have visited us, stretching back to before William the Conqueror!

Tickets are available from the G Live Box Office

Britten: National Anthem
Walton: Overture 'Crown Imperial, Coronation March’
Elgar: Coronation Ode
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Beethoven: Choral section from Symphony No.9
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens
Parry: Jerusalem
Parry: I was glad

Vivace Chorus and the West Forest Sinfonia conducted by Jeremy Backhouse