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Handel – Four Coronation Anthems

Handel Four Coronation Anthems  

3 July 2022  |  2:30 PM  |  Federation Concert Hall  |  $42 - $69

Conductor – Graham Abbott 

Featuring Festival of Voices Classical Choral Workshop Choir and Hobart Chamber Orchestra with guest musicians  

Guest Choir: Allegri Ensemble, conducted by Jonathan Wallis 

Under the dazzling and dextrous baton of Graham Abbott, considered to be one of the world’s champions of Handel’s music, The Festival of Voices Workshop Choir together with Hobart Chamber Orchestra will perform Four Coronation Anthems. This is a concert that is sure to delight and thrill – from the well-known and emphatic Zadok the Priest to the tender subtlety of My heart is inditing. This is Handel through the ages, in four very personal, and uplifting choral works. As a bonus, The Allegri Ensemble will perform a bracket of ravishing choral music. This concert is choral music that will kindle your heart and warm your soul. 

I’m thrilled to have been invited to return to Festival of Voices in 2022. After so much disruption to all our lives since I conducted the Cherubini Requiem in 2019, the thought of making great choral music again with so many dedicated singers is very exciting. Handel’s four Coronation Anthems, among them the famous Zadok the Priest, will be the perfect tonic for those of us who love the sound of a massed choir and orchestra in full flight.” – Graham Abbott 

Coronation Anthems - George F Handel (1685 – 1759) 

One of the lasts acts of King George I before his death in 1727 was to sign “An Act for the naturalizing of George Frideric Handel and others.” Handel’s first commission as a naturalized British citizen was to write the music for the coronation later that year of King George II and Queen Caroline on 11 October.   

These four splendid anthems have since retained a position at the heart of the English choral tradition. The popular anthem Zadok the priest has been performed at all subsequent coronations, and Handel’s other contributions to the royal occasion - Let thy hand be strengthened, The King shall rejoice, and My heart is inditing - have the same majestic grandeur, with affecting contrasts between different sections of the sacred texts.   

 (credit - Aylesbury Choral Society ) 

Graham Abbott

A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, Graham Abbott has been Conductor-in-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, Musical Director of Adelaide Chorus and Melbourne Chorale, Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Guest Chorus Master for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.   

Graham has conducted all the major Australian orchestras, opera companies, choral societies and new and early music ensembles. A recognised and respected enthusiast for the music of Handel he has conducted Messiah on more than seventy-five occasions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and given first Australian performances of works including Athalia, Ariodante, Agrippina and La resurrezione.  

This year Graham continues in his role as Artistic Director for Hayllar Music Tours. He will conduct the inaugural Richard Gill Memorial Festival of Strings in Melbourne and return to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for Unwrap the Music and to the Adelaide Symphony for the ‘Big Rehearsal’. He will also make his debut with National Opera Canberra, conducting Handel’s Alcina. 

The Pearl Fishers, State Opera of South Australia 

“…Graham Abbott does comparable wonders in the pit. In his direction there is so much more on offer than that one afore­mentioned tenor aria. Superbly paced, unforced and clear, his conducting strips away the layers of lush that too often injure Bizet’s delicate orchestration. Along with sweetly tuned playing from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, this affords unprecedented insight into the score’s melodic riches and colour. It is like hearing The Pearl Fishers for the first time”
Graham Strahle, The Australian, May 14, 2018

“…conductor Graham Abbott has the Adelaide symphony Orchestra perform a pleasurable score of gentle overtures, ethereal solos, memorable duets and enjoyable choruses”.
Greg Elliott,, 14 May 2018  

Aida,  State Opera of South Australia
“Graham Abbott’s conducting is marked not only by his control of the grand climaxes but his sensitive accompaniment to the more intimate moments, alert to the surges of passion, with some rapturously lovely woodwind playing, standing out from the impressive contribution of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.” 

Ewart Shaw, Adelaidenow, August 2, 2010 


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Choral Concert Package

For the first time ever, Festival of Voices has packaged together our major choral concerts for a special price of $200. That’s a saving of up to $89!  

Handel – Four Coronation Anthems:  2.30pm Sunday 3 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Celestial Harmonies | A Voice from Heaven:  7.30pm Wednesday 6 July and 6.00pm Friday 8 July, St David’s Cathedral 

Night Train – A Grand Tour of Australian Contemporary Choral Music:  7.30pm Thursday 7 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Mozart Requiem Recomposed:  7.30pm Saturday 9 July, Federation Concert Hall 

By taking advantage of our Choral Concert Package, you will be issued with the best available tickets to all four major concerts, including the double bill of Celestial Harmonies and A Voice from Heaven, where you will hear music rarely performed in Hobart. 

Take the opportunity to attend performances featuring contrasting choirs and works in a carefully curated choral program.  

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Choral Concert Package

Handel – Four Coronation Anthems:  2.30pm Sunday 3 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Celestial Harmonies | A Voice from Heaven:  7.30pm Wednesday 6 July and 6.00pm Friday 8 July, St David’s Cathedral 

Night Train – A Grand Tour of Australian Contemporary Choral Music:  7.30pm Thursday 7 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Mozart Requiem Recomposed:  7.30pm Saturday 9 July, Federation Concert Hall 

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Accessibility Information

Getting to the venue 

  • Federation Concert Hall is within Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 1 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • A drop off zone located at the front of Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, accessible from the far-right lane of Davey Street, just after Evans Street. 
  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the Hotel Grand Chancellor carpark. To access this space, please drive into the drop-off zone and request valet park the car for you. More accessible parking can be found along Davey Street by turning into Dunn Place Carpark, on the right past Campbell Street, or turning into the Mures carpark, on the left past Campbell Street. 
  • Please follow this link for a virtual tour of the Federation Concert Hall Auditorium (titled Federation Plenary Hall). Please note that lighting designs will not be as featured in this tour at Festival of Voices events. 


Assistive Listening: info TBC 


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Wheelchair Accessibility: 

    • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
    • The Federation Concert Hall stalls are accessible from Ground level and the dress circle is accessible for wheelchair users via the lift at reception. 
    • Accessible bathrooms are available  

COVID – 19 Information

Feeling unwell?
Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. It is in the interest of all to stay at home if you have any flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Please review our COVID-19 Ticketing Terms and Conditions here if you are unable to attend for this reason. 

Face masks:
While face masks are not mandatory at any FOV events, you are more than welcome to choose to wear one. Free medical face masks will be available at this event venue entrance upon request. 

Physical Distancing:
This event is in a theatre-style seated venue. Please be mindful of physically distancing from others when moving through the foyer at the beginning and end of this event. 

Hand hygiene:
Sanitiser will be provided at this venue. Please use thoughtfully.