What’s on 2019 > A Royal Affair


Saturday 1 JUNE | 7.30pm
Great Hall, The University of Sydney


Masterworks from two Masters of the Queen’s Music, plus two of Handel’s grandest royal works.

The first non-Briton to hold the royal appointment, Malcolm Williamson brought a larrikin spirit to the role. ‘Most of my music is Australian,’ he said, ‘not the bush or the deserts, but the brashness of the cities. The sort of brashness that makes Australians go through life pushing doors marked pull.’ His Symphony for Voices is a visionary work that explores the spirituality of the Australian landscape.

Current Master of the Queen’s Music, Scottish composer Judith Weir, offers a more intimate musical experience, drawing on writers as diverse as Shakespeare, e.e. cummings and Edward Lear. Music and poetry intertwine in a rich tapestry of choral colour.

George Friedrich Handel was never actually Master of the King’s Music, but as Composer to the Chapel Royal he wrote the most famous regal music of all: Zadok the Priest, which has graced every British coronation since Handel composed it for King George II in 1727. His Dettingen Te Deum is on an even grander scale: bold, triumphant and utterly thrilling.


Conductor – Sam Allchurch
The Muffat Collective
Sydney Chamber Choir

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Malcolm Williamson
Love, The Sentinel

Malcolm Williamson
Symphony For Voices

Judith Weir
The Song Sung True

Judith Weir
A Blue True Dream Of Sky

Judith Weir
Love Bade Me Welcome

Dettingen Te Deum

Zadok The Priest