The Dream of Gerontius by Elgar

     Edward Elgar's work "Dream of Gerontius", derives from Cardinal Newman's poem and it tells of the journey of a man's soul after death - Gerontius may be translated roughly as old man.

     Today, the work is undoubtedly the most popular of all Elgar's choral works, and indeed among the most frequently performed of all his works. Surely no-one can remain unmoved by the priest's invocation to Gerontius - as part 1 ends - to 'go forth' ('Proficiscere, anima Christiana'); nor, in part 2, by the chorus of 'Praise to the Holiest', the words of which were also taken to form the well-known hymn.

       But these excerpts should not be allowed overshadow much other beautiful writing in the piece. And, while early commentators may have been wary of the work's essentially Catholic stance (the composer Charles Villiers Stanford is reported to have said the work 'stank of incense'), most now are struck more by the dramatic intensity and integrity of the subject. The work continues to be performed regularly throughout Britain.

       On October 3rd 2000, saw the centenary of the work's first performance, leading to a much increased interest in the work. 

      To attend this event you will need to Organize your Own ticket to attend.

Tickets can be Purchased Via Link Below.

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  • Sue m.

    Yes I was standing up at interval, looking across. Couldn't see anyone that looked like your photo so just gave up. I was also there for the talk, thought I may have seen you then. Never mind wasn't meant to be.

    May 5

  • Sue m.

    Damien I'm in balcony E14, purple top.where r u?

    May 4

    • Damian

      Hi Sue. I just want to say how sorry I am that I missed you. I had some problems logging in to the website from my phone so couldn't reply to your message. I was also in the balcony but around the other side. In the interval I went to the door closest to your seat but couldn't see you. I thought I could see who you were from my seat so I was hoping to catch you after the performance - alas - no luck. Again - I apologise.

      May 4

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    A former member

    I have an unexpected visitor from Sydney and although I still may be able to go I thought I'd better change my RSVP to give fair warning. If I don't make it I hope you enjoy it. Regards Barbara

    May 3

  • Damian

    No problems Heather - I'm sure we'll meet at some point.

    April 30

  • Heather S.

    I finally got around to listening to the piece, and it's a little heavy for my taste. You can find the full performance on You Tube if you want to get familiar before attending.

    April 30

  • Damian

    Hi everyone. I'm very much looking forward to attending this event. I'm not familiar with the work but as it's one of the great Choral works of the 20th Century I'm sure it will be a wonderful afternoon.

    March 23, 2014

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