(zā`dŏk), in the Bible. 1 Founder of a prominent priestly family. 2 One of David's men. 3 Grandfather of Jotham. 4 Sealer of the Covenant. 5 High priest. 6,7 Builders of the wall. 8 Scribe. The last two may be the same.
Handel's Zadok the Priest - originally commissioned for George II''s Coronation in 1727 but better known for TV's UEFA Champions League coverage also gave the accompanying Liverpool Welsh Choral the chance to show off their impressive singing skills.
For the Friends, Lilian Groves says: "We're delighted Durham Singers are giving a concert to raise funds for our work in caring for this wonderful building." The concert, starting at 7.30pm, will also mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel with his ever-popular anthem Zadok the Priest and the 350th anniversary of the birth of Purcell with his setting of I Was Glad.
After a striking opening with Handel's Zadok the Priest, the chorus revealed true artistry with complex harmonies ringing like bells and a wonderful sense of phrasing in Three Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan Williams.
Topping the bill is the psalm setting Dixit Dominus, followed by Let God Arise - one of the 12 Chandos anthems - and ending with those anthems Handel composed for the 1727 coronation of George II, the ever-popular Zadok the Priest, The King Shall Rejoice and My Heart is Inditing.