Renowned composer to write for King Richard lll reinterment

Posted by ap507 at Oct 30, 2014 11:35 AM |
Leicester Cathedral commissions prize-winning composer Judith Bingham

The reinterment of King Richard lll in March 2015 will be take place accompanied by music written by prize-winning composer Judith Bingham (pictured).

As the event is unprecedented Leicester Cathedral wishes to ensure that the liturgy and music used in the services will carry both a profound sense of history while communicating Richard III's Christian spirituality.

King Richard III owned scriptures translated by John Wycliffe. The text for this anthem will draw on verses from Psalm 42 in a translation by John Wycliffe who was Rector of Lutterworth in Leicestershire. Additionally words from the epitaph of Sir Marmaduke Constable of Flamborough, a Knight of the King’s company who served at Bosworth, will bring the anthem to its conclusion.

The news of Judith Bingham’s commission was announced at a dinner held 29 October at the Museum of St John, London, and attended by the descendants of both sides who fought at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society. The originator of the search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.