Music for King James II: London

22 October 2020 7.30pm Wigmore Hall Ticket prices to be confirmed(Booking Fees Apply)

In his short but prolific musical life, Purcell composed a series of Welcome Songs and Odes for royal occasions. Lamenting the death of Charles II and heralding in the new king, this programme showcases some of Purcell’s most inventive music.


Selected singers and instrumentalists from The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor

Programme to include:

Overture in G minor Z631
If pray’rs and tears
Coronation anthem – I was glad
If ever I more riches did desire
Coronation anthem – My heart is inditing
Hark how the wild musicians sing
While Thirsis, wrapp’d in downy sleep
How have I stray’d
Catch – Full bags, a brisk bottle
Welcome Song (1685) – Why are all the muses mute?

Royal Welcome Songs for King James II. CD and downloads available.


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