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Eternal source of light divine (but too busy to hear it)

Wed Nov 13 2013

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Looks radiant doesn’t she?  This ecstatic lady is Queen Anne.  Exactly 300 years ago, Handel composed the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Ann, partly for her but also to celebrate but also the accomplishment of the Treaty of Utrecht which was negotiated in order to end the War of the Spanish Succession.

We head to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford tomorrow to perform this rousing work as part of a concert that also includes  Croft’s Treaty of Utrecht, in the space in which it was first performed, as part of a thanksgiving service back in 1713 three hundred years ago.  What’s even better, you can do one better than royalty and actually listen to Handel’s work, unlike Queen Anne who was “too careless or too busy to listen to her own band, and had no thought of hearing and paying new players however great their genius or vast their skill.”

At least he got a pension out of it.

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