Instantly recognisable to anyone who’s ever watched Champions League football on the TV, Handel’s Zadok the Priest is a truly iconic musical work. Along with My Heart is Inditing, it was originally composed for the coronation of George II at Westminster Abbey in 1727, and demonstrates Handel at his most extrovert. Henry Purcell, who was organist at both the Chapel Royal and Westminster Abbey, is often considered as having been the most talented composer in setting English-language texts. Hail, Bright Cecilia! creatively invokes the power of music, extolling the virtues of its patron saint by representing the individual personalities of each voice and instrument – with special reverence reserved for that most ‘noble’ of instruments, the organ. With the splendour of trumpets, drums and the characteristically energised voices of Dunedin, this programme is certain to be a highlight in Greyfriars’ Kirk’s celebrations marking 25 years of the Peter Collins organ and 150 years of any organ in the Kirk.

Programme

Hail Bright Cecilia – Purcell

  • Venue

    Greyfriars Kirk – Edinburgh

  • Time

    7:30pm

  • Telephone

    0131 229 5148

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