Gloria! A Royal Celebration


Vivaldi - Gloria

Handel - Four Coronation Anthems

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba


Saturday 2nd April 2016, 7.30pm


Lincoln Cathedral


Neville Turner
Soloists: Katie Trethewey (soprano) & Clair McCaldin (mezzo)

Lincoln Choral Society performed this programme with Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra, to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

This auspicious occasion was graced with the presence of The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis and his wife Sarah, The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Air Marshall Gavin MacKay and his wife Elizabeth, plus the Lincoln City Civic Team: Mayor -Andy Kerry, Mayoress -Ms Sharon Longthorne, City Sheriff -Mr Graham Kent and Mrs Gillian Kent.

There were the usual refreshments in the form of wine provided and served by the F.F.N. (Feucht Froliche Neustadter) at the interval. There was also a private reception with light refreshments for our VIP's, Patrons, Sponsors and Friends of the Society. The wine for this was generously gifted by The Wig and Mitre Restaurant and the nibbles were provided by our social Secretary Lindsey Sutton, ably assisted by Committee members and Choral Society volunteers.

There was very pleasing feedback -both the County High Sheriff Gavin MacKay and the Chancellor Canon Dr Mark Hocknull told me how much they had enjoyed the concert. Other comments recorded and passed on by members included "A triumph!" and "The best concert I have heard in the Cathedral for some time!" Our Conductor Neville Turner commented that we had "an obviously appreciative audience." Many very positive comments from the audience were also reported, including an email:
'Dear Julia
Thanks again and it was a wonderful concert - well worth the trip from London!
Kind regards

A small extract from the pre-concert rehearsal can be seen on YouTube where obviously there is a certain element of 'voice preservation' being practised.

Julia Woodthorpe, Chairman of Lincoln Choral Society

Programme Notes...

Vivaldi composed this Gloria in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls. Vivaldi was a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist and composed many sacred works for the Ospedale, where he spent most of his career. This is the traditional Gloria from the Latin Mass in twelve varied cantata-like sections.
For two hundred years after his death, the Gloria lay undiscovered until the late 1920s when it was found buried among a pile of forgotten Vivaldi manuscripts. It was not performed until September 1939 but not until 1957 was the now familiar version given its first performance.
The wonderfully bright nature of the Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of Vivaldi’s music and gives it an immediate and universal appeal.


Before his death in 1727, King George I signed "An Act for the naturalizing of George Frideric Handel and others."
Handel's first commission as a naturalized Britsh citizen was to write the music for the coronation of George II later that year. The anthems were performed repeatedly at concerts and festivals during his life and ever since.
The words of Zadok the Priest have been sung at every coronation since that of King Edgar in 973AD, and Handel's setting has been sung at every one since 1727.