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Eternal source of light divine
Symphony No.5 in D major (Overture to Ode for St Cecilia's Day)
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
'Dettingen' Te Deum
Handel composed his rousing 'Dettingen' Te Deum to celebrate the victory by British and Hanoverian forces at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, the last time a reigning British monarch (George II) led troops into war. Thirty years earlier he had supplied a more intimate ode for the birthday of his first royal patron, Queen Anne, opening with the sublime aria for alto and trumpet that was still making an impression when performed at the opening of the 2012 Paralympic Games. The Westminster Abbey Choir are joined by St James's Baroque, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.
'The vigour of St James's Baroque was a constant pleasure. The Abbey choristers delivered the choruses with panache and a finely blended sound.'