Gloria in Excelsis, op. 118 – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

As one of the most important festivals in the Church’s year, Easter is usually a musical feast as well as a feast for the soul at Christ Church Cathedral. Undeterred by the continuing difficulties placed on church music programmes around the world, our talented singers and musicians of the cathedral music programme have worked tirelessly over the last couple of months to produce a wealth of music to dignify Lent, Passiontide, and Eastertide. In this, the first of a series of musical videos we will be releasing over the coming days, our Cathedral Choir sings Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s jubilant and majestic setting of the BCP Gloria text. Originally composed for the coronation of King George V in 1910, it later formed a part of his Festal Communion Service in B flat major. The work was also heard at the coronation of our present monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953. A huge thank you to all of our cathedral musicians for the work and dedication that they have continued to display during these trying times, and we do hope that you will enjoy this spectacularly celebratory work of music.


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    Patricia Jean Fraser says:

    magnificent, thank you

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    Gregory says:

    I am greatful for the truth greatful inspired by God that loves all. music an acknowledgement continue to bring God into all peoples.

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