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Charles III Coronation Music Guide

King Charles III and Queen Camilla [source: Wikipedia]
King Charles III and Queen Camilla [source: Wikipedia]

The Coronation of King Charles II on May 6th 2023 was an occasion dripping with magnificent music, both familiar and newly composed. In a lavish ceremony lasting over two hours the crack team of musicians provided all the pomp, gravitas and emotion that the ancient Coronation rite demands.

Here is the ultimate chronological guide to the music played on that day, complete with links to recordings of the newer works and the sheet music to those familiar classics, so you can play through the Coronation music yourself.

Bach - Magnificat anima mea
from Magnificat In D Major, BWV 243

Bach - Magnificat

Bach - Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
from Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium) BWV 248

Bach - Christmas Oratorio

Bach - Singet Dem Herrn Ein Neues Lied, from New Year Cantata BWV 190

Bach - Singet dem Herrn

Bruckner - Ecce Sacerdos Magnus

Bruckner - Ecce Sacerdos Magnus

Bach - Alla Breve In D Major, BWV 589

Bach - Alla Breve

Judith Weir - Brighter visions shine afar

Holst - Jupiter From The Planets

Holst - Jupiter From The Planets

Karl Jenkins - Crossing the Stone/Tros y Garreg

Sarah Class - Sacred Fire

Walton - Crown Imperial

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves


Nigel Hess, Roderick Williams, Shirley Thompson - Be Though my vision; Triptych for Orchestra

Be Thou My Vision

Iain Farrigton - Voices of the World

Patrick Doyle - Coronation March

Henry Purcell - Trumpet Tune

Henry Purcell - Trumpet Tune

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Handel - Oh, had I Jubal’s lyre from Joshua

Handel - Oh, had I Jubal’s lyre

Handel - Care selve from Atalanta

Handel - Care selve

Elgar - Nimrod

Elgar - Nimrod

William Harris - Flourish for an Occasion

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’

Hubert Parry - I was Glad

Parry - I was Glad

Paul Mealor - Kyrie eleison

Byrd - Prevent Us, O Lord

Byrd - Prevent Us, O Lord

Byrd - Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Byrd - Gloria

Debbie Wiseman - Alleluia, Alleluia

Come, Holy Ghost (Hymn)

Come, Holy Ghost

Handel - Zadok the Priest

Handel - Zadok the Priest

Richard Strauss - Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare

Weelkes - O Lord, grant the king a long life

Weelkes - O Lord

Confortare - Henry Walford Davies

Lloyd Webber - Make a Joyful Noise

Purcell - Christ is Made the Sure Foundation (Hymn)

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Roxanna Panufnik - Sanctus

Tarik O’Regan - Agnus Dei

Orlando Gibbons - Amen

Gibbons - Amen

Praise My Soul (Hymn)

Praise My Soul

William Boyce - The King Shall Rejoice

William Walton - Coronation Te Deum

God Save the King

God Save the King

Elgar - March ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ No 4

Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance No 4

Parry - March from The Birds

Parry - The Birds

Parry - Chorale Fantasia on ‘The Old Hundredth’

Parry - The Old Hundredth

Byrd - Earl of Oxford’s March

Byrd - Earl of Oxford

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