Hear a preview of Handel’s ‘new’ Water Music

Listen to clips of the new work commissioned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


Ten contemporary British composers are recreating Handel's Water Music for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Saturday June 3.
The new suite, which is expected to be 50 minutes in length, will be performed by a 15-piece ensemble on a floating barge as part of a 1000-boat floatilla travelling from Putney to Tower Bridge.

The clips below are by Debbie Wiseman and Christopher Gunning, who’ll be joined on the day by Anne Dudley, Graham Fitkin, Gavin Greenaway, Adrian Johnston, John Lunn, Julian Nott, Jocelyn Pook and Stephen Warbeck.

Debie Wiseman added,

“This is completely new for all of us. We’ve never been in the situation before where we’ve each been assigned a movement, using Handel as an inspiration. We haven’t discussed what we’re all doing so it’s going to be a lovely surprise when we get together in May and we’ve completed everything”.

Listen to a clip from Debbie Wiseman’s movement.

Listen to a clip from Christopher Gunning’s movement.