Classical music

The Dream of Gerontius

Part of Classical music

English National Opera present their award-winning orchestra, the ENO Chorus and the BBC Singers in Elgar’s greatest choral work.

Please note: During the performance the auditorium is in partial darkness and there are no surtitles. If you would like to read the text ahead of the performance, then you can download the text here.

The John Henry Newman poem exploring Gerontius’ heartfelt loss and hope in the face of death and his judgement before God is set to Elgar’s sublimely dramatic music, creating a deeply moving, passionate and inspiring experience.

Conducted by Simone Young, the ENO Chorus and Orchestra is joined by principal singers Gwyn Hughes Jones, Patricia Bardon and Matthew Rose, and the BBC Singers, to bring Elgar’s musical masterpiece to life. Using innovative designs by Lucy Carter, the emotional journey of Gerontius is told through music and light.

English National Opera and the BBC Singers perform as part of the Southbank Centre’s Chorus festival.


English National Opera Orchestra
Simone Young conductor
Lucy Carter director, lighting designer
Patricia Bardon mezzo-soprano
Gwyn Hughes Jones tenor
Matthew Rose bass
English National Opera Chorus


Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

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Royal Festival Hall


£15 - £55
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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There is no interval in this performance which runs for approx. 95 minutes

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The ENO also take part in the Big Sing: ENO Chorus workshop on Saturday 1 July and the Know The Show! The Dream Of Gerontius workshop on Sunday 2 July.

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The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
A short video looking ahead to Chorus, with highlights of past performances.