Instruments of Time and Truth

100 Years of British Coronations

Tickets from £15 to £42 with concessions available

A dazzling pageant of ceremonial music premiered in London: from Purcell’s ‘My Heart is Inditing’ to Handel’s blazing ‘Zadok', taking in lesser-known gems from Jeremiah Clarke, Henry Cooke, John Blow and William Boyce’s glorious ‘The King Shall Rejoice’, gleaming with trumpets. These were the resplendent choral works that accompanied the crowning of Kings and Queens, from the Restoration of Charles II to the coronation of George III.

Instruments of Time and Truth are Oxford’s very own Baroque orchestra, directed by renowned conductor Edward Higginbottom.

Henry Cooke Behold, O God, our defender (Charles I, 1661)

Purcell My heart is inditing (James II, 1685)

Blow The Lord God is a sun and a shield (William and Mary, 1689)

Clarke Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem (Anne, 1702)

William Croft The Lord is a sun and a shield (George I, 1714)

Handel Zadok the priest; Let thy hand be strengthened; My heart is inditing (George II, 1727)

Boyce The king shall rejoice (George III, 1761)

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