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Music for the Coronation of a Queen

"Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust." -ER II

A New Dawn/Coronation 1953/Salve festa dies –  arr. C. Mason and J. Bains


Salve festa dies toto venerabilis aevo,

Qua Deus infernum vicit et astra tenet.

Hail the holy day of the whole venerable age,

By which God has conquered hell and holds the stars.

       -Hymn from Queen Elizabeth I’s Coronation

O Lord, Make thy Servant Elizabeth Our Queen – William Byrd


O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen to rejoice in thy strength: give her her heart's desire, and deny not the request of her lips;

but prevent her with thine everlasting blessing,

and give her a long life, even for ever and ever. Amen.

      -Anthem of intercession for the monarch


Behold, O God Our Defender – Herbert Howells


Behold, O God our defender;

and look upon the face of thine anointed.

For one day in thy courts is better than a thousand.

      -Introit for the Coronation Service of Queen Elizabeth II


I Was Glad – H. H. Parry


I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.

Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is builded as a city: that is at unity in itself.

Vivat Regina! Vivat Regina Elizabetha! (Long live Queen Elizabeth)

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls: and plenteousness within thy palaces.

      -Anthem at the entrance of the monarch for the Coronation Service of Queen Elizabeth II


Hymn 410: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven Vs. 1, 2, 4

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;

To his feet your tribute bring.

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

Evermore his praises sing.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Praise the everlasting King!


Praise him for his grace and favor

To his people in distress.

Praise him, still the same as ever,

Slow to chide, and swift to bless.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Glorious in his faithfulness!


Angels, help us to adore him;

You behold him face to face.

Sun and moon, bow down before him,

Dwellers all in time and space.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Praise with us the God of grace!

      -Hymn at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Mountbatten

Music for the Houses of Tudor and Windsor

Of nymphs, shepherds, and Oriana

 Flow, My Tears – John Dowland

Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!

Exiled for ever, let me mourn;

Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,

There let me live forlorn.


Down vain lights, shine you no more!

No nights are dark enough for those

That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.

Light doth but shame disclose.


Never may my woes be relieved,

Since pity is fled;

And tears and sighs and groans my weary days

Of all joys have deprived.


From the highest spire of contentment

My fortune is thrown;

And fear and grief and pain for my deserts

Are my hopes, since hope is gone.


Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,

Learn to contemn light

Happy, happy they that in hell

Feel not the world's despite.

      -Lute song composed by John Dowland, a Catholic refused a position at the court of Queen Elizabeth I


Thule, the Period of Cosmography – Thomas Weelkes

Thule, the period of cosmography,

Doth vaunt of Hecla, whose sulfurious fire

Doth melt the frozen clime and thaw the sky;

Trinacrian Aetna’s flames ascend not higher.

These things seem wondrous, yet more wondrous I,

Whose heart with fear doth freeze, with love doth fry.

      -Madrigal sung at the court of Queen Elizabeth I


Choral Dances from Gloriana nos. 1, 3, 6 – Benjamin Britten


First Dance: Time

Yes, he is Time,

Lusty and blithe!

Time is at his apogee!

Although you thought to see

A bearded ancient with a scythe. No reaper he

That cries "Take heed!"

Time's at his apogee!

Young and strong, in his prime: Behold the sower of the seed!


Third Dance: Time and Concord

From springs of bounty 

Through this county 

Streams abundant

Of thanks shall flow! 

Where life was scanty 

Fruits of plenty

Swell resplendent 

From earth below!

No Greek nor Roman

Queenly woman Knew such favour From Heav'n above

As she whose presence Is our pleasance Gloriana

Hath all our love!


Sixth Dance: Final Dance of Homage

These tokens of our love receiving,

O take them, Princess great and dear, From Norwich city you are leaving, That you afar may feel us near.

      -Text by William Plomer.

These excerpts are from the opera Gloriana by Benjamin Britten, which was commissioned to honor the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by celebrating scenes from the life of Queen Elizabeth I.


As Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending – Thomas Weelkes 


As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending,

she spied a maiden Queen the same ascending,

Attended on by all the shepherds' swain,

to whom Diana's darlings came running down amain,

First two by two, then three by three together,

Leaving their goddess all alone hasted thither;

And mingling with the shepherds of her train,

with mirthful tunes her presence entertain.

Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,

Long live fair Oriana!

      -Madrigal sung at the court of Queen Elizabeth I

The Anglican Choral Tradition

Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England

Hymn: I Vow to Thee, My Country

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,

Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;

The love that asks no questions, the love that stands the test,

That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best; 

The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,

The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.


And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,

Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;

We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;

Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;

And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,

And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

      -British patriotic hymn for Remembrance Day and other important national events.

      -Text by British Ambassador to the US Sir Cecil Spring Rice


If Ye Love Me – Thomas Tallis

 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may 'bide with you forever;

E'en the spirit of truth; 

     -Composed by Thomas Tallis, gentleman of the Chapel Royal and holder of a royal patent (along with William Byrd) from Queen Elizabeth I 


Gloria from Mass for 5 Voices - William Byrd

GLORIA in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. 

GLORY to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will. 

LAUDAMUS te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam, Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. 

WE praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee, we give Thee thanks for Thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. 

DOMINE Fili unigenite, Iesu Christe, Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis; qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Thou who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; Thou who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. 

QUONIAM tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus, Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen 

FOR Thou alone art the Holy One, Thou alone art the Lord, Thou alone art the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

      -Hymn of praise sung on all festive occasions as part of the celebration of the Mass


Faire is the Heaven – W. H. Harris

 Faire is the heaven, where happy soules have place,

 In full enjoyment of felicitie,

Whence they doe still behold the glorious face

Of the divine eternall Majestie.


Yet farre more faire be those bright Cherubins, 

Which all with golden wings are overdight, 

And those eternall burning Seraphins,

Which from their faces dart out fiery light;

Yet fairer than they both, and much more bright 

Be th’Angels and Archangels, which attend

On Gods owne person, without rest or end.


These then in faire each other farre excelling, 

As to the Highest they approach more neare, 

Yet is that Highest farre beyond all telling, 

Fairer than all the rest which there appeare, 

Though all their beauties joynd together were; 

How then can mortalle tongue hope to expresse 

The image of such endlesse perfectnesse?

      -Text by Edmund Spenser, from An Hymne of Heavenly Beautie, 1596).       

      -Music composed by William Henry Harris, Queen Elizabeth II’s piano teacher and organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.


Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth Poston

 The tree of life my soul hath seen,

Laden with fruit and always green;

The trees of nature fruitless be,

Compared with Christ the Apple Tree.


His beauty doth all things excel,

By faith I know but ne'er can tell

The glory which I now can see,

In Jesus Christ the Appletree.


For happiness I long have sought,

And pleasure dearly I have bought;

I missed of all but now I see

'Tis found in Christ the Appletree.


I'm weary with my former toil - 

Here I will sit and rest awhile,

Under the shadow I will be,

Of Jesus Christ the Appletree.


This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,

It keeps my dying faith alive;

Which makes my soul in haste to be

With Jesus Christ the Appletree.

      -Text by Rev. Richard Hutchins. This setting became a popular Christmas carol during the life of Queen Elizabeth II

Funeral Music Fit for the Queen

“April 28, 1603: Such a general sighing, groaning and weeping as the like hath not been seen or known in the memory of man.” 

Hymn 24: The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Has Ended Vs. 1, 3, 4

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,

the darkness falls at thy behest;

to thee our morning hymns ascended,

thy praise shall sanctify our rest.


We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,  

while earth rolls onward into light,

through all the world her watch is keeping,

and rests not now by day or night.


As o’er each continent and island

the dawn leads on another day,

the voice of prayer is never silent,

nor dies the strain of praise away.

     -Hymn sung for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II


First Dirge Anthem (Funeral Sentences) – Thomas Morley


I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord:

he that believeth in me,

yea, though he were dead,

yet shall he live.

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me

shall never die.


I know that my redeemer liveth,

and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.

And though after my skin, worms destroy this body,

yet in my flesh shall I see God:

whom I shall see for myself

and mine eyes shall behold,

and not another.

      -The most likely music performed as Queen Elizabeth I’s coffin was brought into Westminster Abby for her funeral.


Like as the Hart – Judith Weir


Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks : so longeth my soul after thee, O God.

My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?

My tears have been my meat day and night: while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?

Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself: for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;

In the voice of praise and thanksgiving: among such as keep holy-day.

Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?

Put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance.

      -A setting of Psalm 42 for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II


Who Shall Separate Us? – James MacMillan

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Alleluia! Amen.

      -A setting of Romans 8 for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II


Retire My Soule – William Byrd


Retire my soule, consider thine estate,

And justly summe thy lavish sinnes account.

Times deare expence, and costly pleasures rate,

How follyes grow, how vanities amount.

Write all these down downe, in pale Deathes reckoning tables,

Thy dayes will seeme but dreames, thy hopes but fables.

      -One of the final compositions of William Byrd, perhaps the most famous composer of the Elizabethan era.

Thank you for your support.


Dr. Harlori & Jaspreet Bains

Pammi & Paul Bains

Sukhvinder Bains

Mark Becker

Dennis Buteyn

James Borst

Victor Chang

Dr. Edward Chen

Marianne Ciccolella | In Memory of Gurdip Bains

Sarah Collier

Sue Cooley

Scott Davidson

Christina Dekoekkoek

Jake Herrera

Debbie Gilmore

Susan Grogan | In Memory of Don Vanderpool

Laura Kozminski

Lauri Mason

Emily Volz Mills

Susan Pretty

Melissa Rauch

Dr. Monique Salinas

Harry Singh | In Honor of Jaspreet Bains

Christopher Start

Anita & Dr. Sarabjit Tokhie

Dr. Harnoor & Avni Tokhie

Elise Tripp | In Honor of Hannah DeBoer

Dr. Susan Sevensma

Janice Mason Vanderpool

David Weinandy

Lambert Zuidervaart

and other contributions we received from our past concerts.

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