handel choral workshopSaturday 27 April 2019
St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Pump Street, Worcester WR1 2QT

Handel Coronation Anthems

Conductor: Malcolm Goldring
Accompanist: Fraser Graham

Workshop Timetable

Registration (tea/coffee provided)
Welcome, warm-up and Rehearsal 1
Lunch break (singers to make their own arrangements)
AGM for members of MFC
Rehearsal 2
Break (tea/coffee provided; cake will be available for a small cost)
Informal performance
End of workshop

Handel’s uplifting Coronation Anthems — come and sing for free!

“Mr Handel, the famous Composer to the opera, is appointed by the King to compose the Anthem at the Coronation which is to be sung in Westminster Abbey at the Grand Ceremony.”

Every choral singer likes a good sing, and what better way than to get stuck into Handel’s uplifting Coronation Anthems! The Coronation in question, on 11 October 1727, seems to have been a fairly chaotic occasion as far as the music was concerned; it is thought that the Chapel Royal Choir was not of a very high standard, and that there were various problems to do with confusion over the order of the service, as well as poor communications between the various groups of performers in the Abbey. Whatever the outcome, these works have become a staple diet of choirs throughout the world.

By far the most famous of the four Anthems is Zadok the Priest, and we will be singing the original 8-part version, not the doctored arrangement for 4 parts. The introduction has become so popular that it is used for international football matches and by a certain international cruise-line for its publicity purposes.

We shouldn’t forget the other three Anthems – The King Shall Rejoice, Let Thy Hand be Strengthened and My Heart is Inditing. These in particular offer a multitude of textures, styles and energies.

In addition to the Handel Anthems, we will tackle A Choral Fanfare, which our Musical Director wrote to celebrate the Midland Festival Chorus’s 30th Anniversary in October 2004. First performed in Worcester Cathedral with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, it featured in an international choral festival in Germany a few years ago. The words aren’t challenging – they consist only of “Viva la Musica!”

No Enrolment Fee!

Any singer is welcome to enrol; to encourage a large body of singers, we are offering places at no cost!


Singers will need to obtain their own copy of the score of Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems. The preferred version is published by Oxford University Press edited by Clifford Bartlett. It can be obtained from leading music retailers or libraries. Scores will be provided free for singers aged 18 or under who do not have their own copy. A copy of A Choral Fanfare will be provided for all singers.


Tea/coffee will be freely available on arrival and during the afternoon; you will be able to buy a slice or two of delicious homemade cake, with profits going to the church. Singers will need to make their own arrangements for lunch, but space will be available to eat packed lunches and there are a number of eating places within walking distance.


As usual, our rehearsals during the day will be followed by an informal run-through of all or some of the music studied during the day; this will take place in St Andrew’s Church and friends of participants are very welcome.

What to expect:

With helpful notes on interpretation from our conductor, Malcolm Goldring, there will be the opportunity to develop good choral practice, rather than just ‘singing through’ the music. To get the most out of the workshop, singers must be able to read music, even to a limited extent. Malcolm will provide guidance notes to help with learning. Singers are advised to study these in conjunction with the scores; in this way, much can be achieved – to everyone’s benefit!

As usual, we will be supported by our excellent accompanist, Fraser Graham.

Workshop Application

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