On Monday, as the eyes of the world are on the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, we at WETA Classical will do our part to celebrate her life by sharing many of the orchestral works featured at her coronation.  

From that ceremony in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953 (more than a year after she ascended the throne), we’ll play music by Handel, Purcell, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton, and others. Two of the works received their premieres at the coronation: Sir William Walton’s Orb and Sceptre and the Processional by Sir Arthur Bliss. 

We’ll be presenting these pieces once per hour between 6am and midnight.

All works are from Queen Elizabeth’s coronation except where noted.

SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD Homage to the Queen (written as the official coronation ballet)  

SIR ARTHUR BLISS Processional *  

GEORGE BUTTERWORTH Idyll ‘The Banks of Green Willow’  

SIR EDWARD ELGAR Nimrod from Enigma Variations  

SIR EDWARD ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1, 2, and 4  

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks  

GUSTAV HOLST Jupiter from The Planets  


HENRY PURCELL Chaconne from King Arthur  


RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Greensleeves  

SIR WILLIAM WALTON A Queen’s Fanfare (written for a NATO ceremony in 1959) presented as Classical Sunrise at 6:54am 


SIR WILLIAM WALTON Orb and Sceptre * 

Listen to the entire service on this Spotify playlist, including many performances recorded live at the event. Browse this full list of music performed at the coronation.

Queen's Coronation

For helpful resources related to the queen’s passing, check out the stories assembled by our WETA colleagues at the Brit-focused Telly Visions blog: 

Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral: Where to Watch and Other Important Details 

7 Must-See Documentaries that Celebrate the Life of Queen Elizabeth II 

The Best Depictions of Queen Elizabeth II On Screen 

Queen Elizabeth II Has Passed Away at Age 96 

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