Louise Thomson performs Dream of Gerontius with the St. George’s Singers, Stockport Symphony Orchestra and The Sheffield Chorale on 21st June.
Elgar composed his masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, a setting of a poem by Cardinal Newman, in 1900 for the Birmingham Music Festival. Badly performed at its premiere, as the under-rehearsed musicians and singers struggled with Elgar’s daring, demanding and complex music, the work also drew suspicion from the Anglican establishment for the Catholic doctrine implicit in the text. Elgar’s music triumphed over all obstacles, however, and Gerontius is now universally cherished by all music-lovers.
With a combined choir of 200 voices and a full symphony orchestra amid the soaring architecture of the restored Monastery this will be a memorable concert. Please book early as tickets are expected to sell out.
Full concert details here.