Mathias, William: An Admonition to Rulers, Op. 43
SATB and organ
Commissioned by the 1969 Southern Cathedrals Festival, and first performed at Winchester Cathedral on 26 July 1969 by the choirs of Chichester, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals, conducted by Alwyn Surplice.
Written for the choirs of Chichester, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals, An Admonition to Rulers was composed shortly before Mathias’s choral masterpiece, This Worlde’s Joie, but has remained unpublished until now. Its powerful text from Wisdom 6 and 7, clothed in the composer’s colouful , dramatic music, make it an ideal choice of anthem for Remembrance Sunday, or any occasion when justice, order, and the role of those who govern are the focus of worship.