David Ogden Conductor
Peter Auty Gerontius
Jennifer Johnston Angel
Martin Le Poidevin Priest
‘The Dream of Gerontius’ is one of Elgar’s most dramatic works and enjoys the status of a national monument. It sets the words of the poem by Cardinal Newman to an enormous, exquisite choral and orchestral score of which Elgar said was ‘”the best of me” and that he had written it “out of his insidest inside”. The music tells the story not only of Gerontius but of one of the world’s finest composers. The work is characterised throughout either by a raw, or alternatively a petal-tender, strength; each of which takes you on an exhilarating journey with the soul of the dying Gerontius.
Gerontius will be sung by Peter Auty, well established as one of Britain’s leading tenors, while the Angel will be sung by the sublime and wonderful Jennifer Johnston. The role of the Priest will be sung by Martin Le Poidevin, and the professional orchestra Bristol Ensemble completes the line-up under the baton of conductor David Ogden. Supporting Children’s Hospice South West, this concert is a must for Elgar fans and anyone who enjoys the unique power of choral singing on a grand scale.