Sunday 19 June 2022 7:30PM

The Sixteen

Welcome Song and Coronation music for King James II


Download the PDF programme and song sheet/translations here. Reproduction and distribution is strictly prohibited.


  • The Sixteen
  • Katy Hill soprano
  • Alexandra Kidgell soprano
  • Daniel Collins alto
  • Mark Dobell tenor
  • Nicholas Mulroy tenor
  • George Pooley tenor
  • Eamonn Dougan bass
  • Stuart Young bass
  • Sarah Sexton violin, leader
  • Sarah Moffatt violin
  • Ellen O'Dell violin
  • Daniel Edgar violin
  • Jean Paterson violin
  • Nia Lewis violin
  • Martin Kelly viola
  • Jane Norman viola
  • Marina Ascherson viola
  • Sarah McMahon cello
  • Imogen Seth-Smith cello
  • Gavin Kibble cello
  • Eligio Quinteiro theorbo
  • Joy Smith harp
  • Alastair Ross organ, harpsichord

King James II ruled from 1685 (he was crowned on April 23) to 1688, when he was removed in favour of his daughter Mary and her Protestant husband William of Orange, who ruled jointly until her death in 1694. His brief reign, however, coincided with the maturity of Henry Purcell, who penned various pieces for his coronation and welcome songs on different occasions, set here in a wider political and artistic context.

  • Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
      • The Tempest Z631
        • Overture
      • If pray'rs and tears (On the death of Charles II) Z380
      • I was glad when they said unto me Z19
      • If ever I more riches did desire Z544
      • My heart is inditing Z30
  • Interval
      • Hark, how the wild musicians sing Z542
      • While Thirsis, wrapt in downy sleep (A Pastoral Coronation Song) Z437
      • How have I stray'd, my God Z188
      • Full bags, a brisk bottle Z249
      • Why, why are all the muses mute? (Welcome song for King James II) Z343

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