In celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Year.
SHAKESPEARE'S DIAMOND-SHARP LYRICS AND LEO KING'S SUBLIME MUSIC - PERFECT FOR THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE
The Bard's hidden talent for magnificently marking Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Year – revealed by English composer Leo King.
Four hundred and twenty years ago William Shakespeare wrote the perfect words for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. They lay buried in Shakespeare's play King John, Act III, Scene 1, until composer Leo King discovered them and was inspired to set them to music.
What hath this day deserv'd ? what hath it done That it in golden letters should be set Among the high tides in the calendar ?
This extraordinarily smooth, richly-textured and harmonious composition, with dynamic and exciting orchestration by Dr Peter Macdonald, Director of the acclaimed Cantamus Choir and Orchestra of London, is now available right here, free of charge, as The Diamond Jubilee Anthem by MP3 file download
(7 MB approximately), or by real time streaming playout through this site.
This is our respectful complimentary contribution to the Diamond Jubilee Year festivities.
The yearly course that brings this day about Shall never see it but a holiday Nature and Fortune join'd to make thee great
Leo King says,
"I picked up Shakespeare's Collected Works. It fell open at King John, and the words 'golden letters... set among the high tides in the calendar' leapt out at me. It was a magically inspirational moment. Right away, a naturally climbing, tumescent musical figure came to me to fit the words precisely, readily delivering a regally festive motif".
Download or listen to this fabulous music, free, by clicking here on Diamond Jubilee Anthem.
We know you will be thrilled and uplifted by this magnificent orchestral and choral work performed by the Cantamus Choir and Orchestra of London, professionally recorded at the Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London EC1, England. Please enjoy listening to it, with our compliments.