The Creemore Choral Festival presents choral music from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II, performed by the Creemore Choral Festival Singers at the 2017 Festival Concert.
Two ‘Golden Ages’: the reigns of Elizabeth I and II.
These two monarchs have inspired a wealth of sumptuous choral music, from the triumphant sounds of coronations in Westminster Abbey to the more intimate singing of secular songs in private homes. The musical legacy of the ‘two Elizabeths’ is truly remarkable.
The Choir of St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto is delighted to be making a return visit to St. John’s United Church on Saturday, June 3rd to perform an enchanting selection of music from the reigns of Elizabeth I and II. The programme pays tribute to the royal love of more boisterous and celebratory music in the anthems of Vaughan Williams and Healey Willan; the latter was organist at St. Paul’s Toronto and wrote music for the Coronation of Elizabeth II. The enchanting sounds of Elizabeth I’s favourite composers – William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes – will also be represented, music which conjures up images of one of the most colourful ages in English history.
Interspersed among these choral treats are vocal and instrumental solos sung by talented young professional singers and instrumentalists. A feast for the mind and heart!
We hope that you will join us after the concert for a reception.
Programme for June 3rd
- O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth by William Byrd
- Sing Joyfully by William Byrd
- Hark, all ye lovely Saints Above by Thomas Weelkes
- The Lady Oriana by John Wilbye
- Guitar Solos from the Elizabethan Era: Dowland
- Pilgrim’s Carol arr. Thomas Bell
- Arise My Love by Healey Willan
- Go Down Moses arr. Michael Tippett
- Solos by Britten with guitar or guitar solo
- Ubi Caritas by Paul Mealor
- Let us All Rejoice in the Lord by Gabriel Jackson
- MicMaq Honour Song arr. Lydia Adams
- Rejoice in the Lord Always by Anon
- Jesus Christ the Appletree by Elizabeth Poston
- Two Songs from soloists (with piano)
- O Taste and See by Vaughan Williams
- As the Bridegroom by John Rutter
- Freedom Trilogy by Paul Halley