Composed by Keith Amos
For Flute Choir
Published by CMA Publications
Includes score and parts
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 6 C Flutes, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute
Published in 2000.
1. Music On the Water
2. The Pagoda
3. The Palm House
4. The Queen's Beasts
The world-famous Kew Gardens is situated near Richmond, Surrey. In its early days Kew was the country house of George III, ranking as of equal importance to Windsor Castle. Founded to grow plants from overseas, it became essential to the economic development of the British Empire.
Music on the Water – 'They all stayed, until it was late, upon the water to hear the Prince's music, which sounded much sweeter than from the shore.' Lady Bristol
The Pagoda – ''In 1761 the princess began a very high tower in the garden built after the model of the towers of Pekin and Nankin. It was to cost £12,000.' The 'high tower' was the Pagoda, one of the best-known buildings in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The Palm House – A typical product of the mid-Victorian age, the Palm House uses wrought-iron ribs and scantlings, supported by 'strong cast-iron columns,' the whole structure enveloped with glass. Viewed from across the lake, its reflection 'floats like a great ship on the waters.' The naval connection was quite deliberate, as the new, large iron ships of the British Navy ruled the seas in the hey-day of the British Empire.
The Queen's Beasts – The Queen's Beasts, which had decorated Wenstminster Abbey during the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, were found so pleasing that the stone replicas were made of the original wooden effigies and given to Kew by an anonymous donor. They stand in a row along the front terrace of the Palm House.