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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Hear Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, his finest choral work, and also one of his most evocative and popular, as it’s sung by Crouch End Festival Chorus.

The Dream of Gerontius, based on a poem by Cardinal Newman, is Elgar’s most famous and loved choral work. Despite a famously disappointing premiere in Birmingham in 1900, it was subsequently hailed as a success and helped elevate Elgar to the forefront of European composers.

The first part 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.’

Crouch End Festival Chorus is joined in this performance by a stellar group of soloists – Kitty Whately, Robert Murray and Ashley Riches – and the acclaimed London Mozart Players, conducted by David Temple.


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


Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£12.50 - £28
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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