Emerald Ensemble – I Was Glad
Music for English Coronations
Gary D. Cannon, conductor

With the end of Queen Elizabeth II's seventy years on the throne, it's time for a coronation. Just a few weeks after King Charles III was crowned, the Emerald Ensemble presents an evening of music written for English coronations of centuries past. Perennial favorites by Handel and Parry will appear, as well as works by major and minor composers from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. Hear Emerald Ensemble's twelve singers at St. James Cathedral, featuring its majestic organ played by Christopher Stroh.

Emerald Ensemble Program:
Handel: Zadok the priest (for George II, 1727)
Lawes: Zadok the priest (for Charles II, 1661)
Elgar: O hearken thou (for George V, 1912)
Attwood: I was glad (for George IV, 1821)
Boyce: Come, Holy Ghost (for George III, 1761)
Vaughan Williams: The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (for Elizabeth II, 1953)


Walton: Coronation Te Deum (for Elizabeth II, 1953)
Clarke: Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem (for Anne, 1702)
Purcell: I was glad (for James II, 1685)
Howells: Behold, O God our defender (for Elizabeth II, 1953)
Parry: I was glad (for Edward VII, 1902)

Concert length is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

After each concert in the summer series, join us outside in the Archbishop Murphy Courtyard (south side of the Cathedral) for a free gelato reception and an opportunity to meet the artists!


2023 Summer Concert Series: Emerald Ensemble: I Was Glad – Friday, June 23, 2023 – 7:00 pm

This link will take you to the Emerald Ensemble ticketing page at

Tickets are $0-$30.

Concerts on the 2023 Summer Concert Series begin at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

While advance purchase of tickets is encouraged and greatly appreciated, walk-up tickets will be available at the Marion St. & Terry Ave. door only (box office will open no later than 6:30pm). Those who have purchased tickets in advance, are entering with a Friends of Cathedral Music donor card, or are on the will-call list may enter at any entrance.

To make Friends of Cathedral Music donor reservations, contact or 206-382-4874.

More Information:

COVID Guidelines
Proof of vaccination is no longer required for Cathedral events. The CDC and King County Public Health continue to strongly recommend you wear a mask at large indoor events. While not required, we encourage all concert attendees to wear masks while community spread continues. We ask that all audience members be respectful of each other's choices. This policy is subject to change based on Archdiocesan, King County, and Washington State COVID guidelines and regulations.

Where to Enter
There are three Cathedral entrances for concerts:

- The Marion Street/Terry Avenue entrance is at the northeast corner of the Cathedral (nearest to O'Dea parking). This entrance is accessible to those with disabilities. Restrooms and the Box Office to purchase walk-up tickets are located at this entrance.

- The Columbia Street/Courtyard entrance is on the south side of the Cathedral near the Chapel. Accessible via a ramp. Advance ticket holders, Friends of Cathedral Music, and will call may enter here.

- The 9th Avenue entrance is on the west side of the Cathedral. This entrance is NOT accessible to those who use a wheelchair or have other mobility issues. Advance ticket holders, Friends of Cathedral Music, and will call may enter here.

Tickets and Seating
You will receive a ticket by email after your purchase on Please bring a printed or electronic copy (on smartphone or tablet) of your ticket to the concert. You may check in at any entrance.

Concert seating is first come, first served. Please note that some seats, indicated by signs, are reserved for Friends of Cathedral Music donors.

If you or a member of your party has a specific seating need (wheelchair, aisle seat for walker, etc.), please contact us in advance at or 206-382-4874, and we will make sure that you are accommodated.

Parking Information
- Limited free parking is available in the O'Dea High School parking lot, entrances on Marion and Columbia Streets between Terry and Boren Avenues.

- Paid street parking is enforced until 8:00pm Monday-Saturday.

- Accessible parking is available on the west side of Terry Avenue, between Marion and Columbia.

- There is a small pay lot across the street from the Cathedral on 9th Avenue and a larger pay lot at 711 Madison Street. If you park at a garage in the neighborhood, be sure to check the closing time. (Cabrini Garage on Marion Street closes at 8pm).

Public Transportation
St. James Cathedral is within a few blocks of a number of bus lines and the First Hill Streetcar. The #60 bus stops directly in front on 9th Ave. To plan your trip, visit (or 206-553-3000), or and search for Terry Ave & Marion St, Seattle.

If you have any questions, please call the Music Office at 206-382-4874, or e-mail

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