CDs featuring Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD
Choral Songs in honour of Her Majesty Queen Victoria
Music by Elgar, Mackenzie, Parry, Somervell, Stainer, Stanford, Wood and others written to commemorate Queen Victoria's 80th birthday
Spiritus Chamber Choir, choir
Aidan Oliver, director
In celebration of Queen Victoria’s 80th birthday in 1899, thirteen of the leading composers and poets of the day collaborated on a collection of partsongs to rival their Elizabethan model, The Triumphs of Oriana. Published in a limited edition of only 100 copies, this superb sequence, studded with musical gems, provides a fascinating snapshot of the British musical renaissance on the eve of the twentieth century.