Dream of Gerontius

Dream of Gerontius

Newcastle Choral Society

Musical Director Mark Anyan

Elgar ‘Dream of Gerontius’

Saturday 24 March 2018, 7.30pm
Banqueting Suite Newcastle Civic Centre


Stephanie Lewis Mezzo Soprano

Adam Tunnicliffe Tenor

Philip Shakesby Bass

Orchestra North East

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Elgar considered The Dream of Gerontius  to be his finest work. Indeed it might be regarded as the greatest piece of music ever written by a British composer. Based on a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman, the piece relates the journey of a man’s soul from his death bed, where he is attended by friends and a priest who pray for him in his last moments of life.

After death a Guardian Angel conducts his soul past demons and angels to the presence of God for judgement, and thence to the tranquillity of Purgatory to await a glorious re-awakening. The work calls for three soloists who represent respectively Gerontius, Priest and Angel. There is a double chorus which incorporates a semi-chorus, portraying friends, demons and angels at various stages of the drama. A large orchestra provides a wonderfully varied palette of sounds throughout the work, enhancing each phase of the journey.The considerable numbers involved in this dramatic masterpiece make performances something of a rarity. Make sure you do not miss this opportunity to hear it! View pdf here