The Festival Eucharist
12 May 10.30am – 10.00pm
A Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II
President The Very Reverend Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich
Preacher The Reverend Dr Sam Wells, vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
Norwich Cathedral Choir directed by Ashley Grote
David Dunnett organ
The annual Eucharist that cements and renews the unique relationship between the Festival and Norwich Cathedral is always an uplifting occasion. This year the service celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation with Liturgical performances of music heard at the ceremony in 1953.
The splendour of the Cathedral is the perfect setting for the pomp and majesty of some of the greatest choral works of the 20th century, from Stanford’s Gloria in Excelsis, composed for the coronation of George V in 1911 and used in each subsequent coronation, to Walton’s
Crown Imperial march, familiar from the recent wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The service will use Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor for double choir, and will include anthems and motets by Vaughan Williams, Howells and Wesley. It will close with Walton's Coronation Te Deum — composed to conclude the coronation ceremony — and Gordon Jacob’s arrangement of the National Anthem.
All are welcome at this unique Eucharist — a magnificent tribute not only to the bonds between the Festival and the Cathedral but also to the Queen’s reign of English music.