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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

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Sunday 10 February 2019 7:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall

ElgarThe Dream of Gerontius

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players
David Temple
– conductor
Kitty Whately – mezzo soprano
Robert Murray – tenor
Ashley Riches – baritone/bass

Crouch End Festival Chorus returns to the music of Elgar after an absence of 11 years. The Dream of Gerontius, based on a poem by Cardinal Newman, is Elgar's most famous and beloved choral work. It was immediately hailed as a success by audience and critics after its premiere in Birmingham in 1900.

Part 1 deals with the death of Gerontius and the discharging of his Soul by the Priest to the next life; Part 2 tells of the Soul's progression from Limbo through to his meeting with God, guided by an Angel. At the end of the manuscript score, Elgar wrote a quotation from John Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies: "This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved and hated, like another: my life was as the vapour and is not; but this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory."

Tonight's three soloists have all built a reputation for their ability to "tell the story" – as evidenced (by Robert Murray and Ashley Riches) in the hugely successful CEFC Chandos recording of Bach's St John Passion in English, and by Kitty Whately's stunning performance with CEFC in Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky. Conductor David Temple has a history of memorable performances of Elgar's great choral works.

Booking information

Sunday 10 February 2019 7:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

TICKETS: £12.50 - £28

Southbank Centre box office: 020 3879 9555

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