Monday, November 06, 2017

THINGS TO COME – The Dream of Gerontius

THINGS TO COME – The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar’s matchless orchestration, a big choir and deeply religious subject matter: The Dream of Gerontius is always a memorable musical experience; and it’s one we can share in Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 18 November, thanks to the Waltham Singers and Andrew Fardell.

They’re joined on this occasion by Ensemble OrQuesta, with soloists Rebecca Afonwy Jones as the Angel, Joshua Ellicot as Gerontius and, as the Priest and the Angel of the Agony, Jeremy White.

Cardinal Newman's poem tells of the journey of a man's soul after death - 'Gerontius' means something like ‘old man’. Elgar was given a copy of the poem in 1889 as a wedding present; he eventually set it to music for the 1900 Birmingham festival. His score powerfully suggests the journey from deathbed to Judgement Seat.
The performance begins at 7:30, and tickets can be bought at Dace’s, on the door or via the Waltham Singers’ website

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