The musical monarchs piece, Zadok Rules, was stellar. And to think all those children now know the Kings and Queens of England by heart! That’s a major contribution to education in our country.
— Annie Brewster, Mayor of St Albans

Zadok Rules - Hallelujah!

What is Zadok Rules - Hallelujah?

Zadok Rules - Hallelujah! is a witty and whistle-stop tribute to kings and queens, royal music through the ages and the works of G. F. Handel. The result of a commission by period instrument orchestra The Hanover Band, this entertaining new community choral piece launched in Arundel Cathedral in 2013, marking the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and is an 8-minute celebration of our rich cultural heritage. Based on the music of Handel, Arne (and Henry VIII!), it sets a rhyming text that cleverly traces all of the English monarchs from William the Conqueror to the present day. Lyrics include: Start with the Normans, Willy, Willy, Henry, Stee, Henry Two was a Plantagenet, Dick, John, Henry Three.

What is it scored for?

Children's choir and/or SATB with chamber orchestra or piano.

I’m interested, show me the music!

You can view the vocal score in full here.

What does my choir need and how much does it cost?

You need a set of vocal scores and a set of band parts to perform Zadok Rules which are published by Faber Music. If your performance is taking place in the UK, please see the information below. If you're outside the UK, please email who will be able to able to assist you. 

Vocal Scores may be hired at a cost of £1.50 per copy, per month. This includes a licence for one performance. The fee for each additional month of hire is £0.50 per copy. Copies for use in a workshop (singing day) can be hired for £1.00 per copy. Vocal scores are also available for purchase for Faber Music or your local music retailer. The RRP is £6.99 per copy. 

The Instrumental Score & Parts are only available for hire at a cost of £100 per month. This includes a licence for one performance. The fee for each additional month of hire is £25. An additional performance is £25.

A Children's Choir Part, complete with rehearsal audio is available to download.

If you need to take any of  this information away to discuss with your choir or committee, simply download the organiser's pack below.

Is there anything to help my choir learn the piece?

Yes, part-learning tracks for the SATB choir are available from the CD/Download Store.

Workshop Opportunities

Why not book Alexander L’Estrange to come and work with your SATB choir and/or children’s choir prior to your performance? For more information see the Workshop Leader page.