The Choral Arts Society of Washington has commissioned Roxanna Panufnik to orchestrate her Coronation Sanctus. This new version of the work – originally commissioned on behalf of The King by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster for the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla – will be premiered by the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 9 September.
The US premiere performance will be given by The Choral Arts Society of Washington, also conducted by Marin Alsop, on November 8 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC.
The two-minute work, described by Roxanna Panufnik as ‘festive and glittering', will be perfectly at home as part of the celebratory Last Night of the Proms.
Introducing her piece, Panufnik says: “The piece starts a little mysteriously with an atmosphere of awe and wonderment as Isaiah describes his vision of heaven. The music quickly builds and finishes ecstatically, with fanfares and flamboyantly colourful harmonies.”
The commission of this new version for choir and orchestra from The Choral Arts Society of Washington was made possible by Caryn Fraim and Tad Czyzewski.
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