Bridget Kendall turns the clock back to 18th century London and Westminster Abbey for the last programme in this series which looks at the role played by music at some of the most significant political and royal events in history.
After the death of George I unexpectedly in 1727, his son George II was keen to make a big splash.
Sweeping aside tradition and clearly possessing a theatrical bent the new King decided on Handel, the famous composer of opera as the best person to write four anthems for his coronation service.
The music included gems such as the magnificent Tallis litany O God, the Father of Heaven, Purcell's I Was Glad.
Handel more than rose to the occasion producing some of the best ceremonial music ever heard, including the legendary Zadok the Priest.