|Handel||Zadok the Priest|
|Let thy hand be strengthened|
Solomon, with words largely drawn from the Song of Songs, was lastingly popular in the eighteenth century for its rapturous depictions of love through the seasons. Boyce’s delightful score is full of English melodious charm, as in ‘Softly rise, O southern breeze’, an exquisite sound picture of a summer’s day, painted with a bassoon solo and shimmering strings. In 1762 John Potter exclaimed that Solomon ‘stares the Italians in the face, and asks them, with what justice they can claim the art of beautiful modulation alone?’
We complement Solomon with two of Handel’s famous coronation anthems. ‘Zadok the priest’ has been used at every coronation since 1727 and its text, the Biblical account of Zadok anointing Solomon king, was first used for King Edgar in 973.
SVF favourite Philippa Hyde is joined by the exciting young tenor William Wallace, winner of the 2016 Handel Singing Competition. Steven Devine is a passionate advocate for Solomon and has conducted it in London and Germany.
Concert supported by donors to the Anthony King Memorial Fund
Tickets £20 (reserved), £14 (unreserved)
half-price for full-time students
Festival Season Ticket £84: top-price tickets for all five concerts