The Glory of British Sacred Choral Music

Thursday, 20 October 2011
Time: 7.30pm
Location: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom
Organisation: London Oriana Choir
Topic: Bible


The Glory of British Sacred Choral Music:
A celebration of music inspired by the King James Bible on its 400th anniversary

Since it was first published in 1611, the King James Version of the Bible has provided inspiration for composers, encouraging them to match the beauty of its language with exquisite musical settings. This in turn produced a choral tradition in Britain that is one of the musical glories of the world. The London Oriana Choir celebrates this major cultural legacy with a programme of music taken from across four centuries of glorious sacred choral music.


  • Elgar - The spirit of the Lord is upon me
  • Byrd - Sing joyfully
  • Gibbons - This is the record of John
  • Tallis - If ye love Me
  • Purcell - Hear my prayer, O Lord
  • Wood - O thou the central orb
  • Richard Allain - Bow down thine ear, O Lord
  • Adrian Snell - The Beatitudes
  • Ireland - Greater love hath no man
  • Walton - Set me as a seal
  • Britten - Jubilate Deo
  • Vaughan Williams - O clap your hands
  • Howells - Take him, Earth, for cherishing
  • Walton - A Litany
  • Parry - I was glad
  • Jonathan Dove - Seek him that maketh the seven stars
  • MacMillan - The song of the Lamb
  • Bainton - And I saw a new heaven
  • Finzi - God is gone up

Tickets £8, £10, £14, £18, £22 – book through St Martin in the Fields Box Office.

St Martin in the Fields Box Office

Tel: 020 7766 1100

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