2015, this Spring, Henley Choral Society returns to Reading Concert Hall to perform Elgar’s dramatic choral masterpiece: The Dream of Gerontius on Saturday 5 March.
Written by Elgar in 1900, The Dream initially proved controversial in its portrayal of Cardinal Newman’s moving poem depicting one man’s death and his soul’s journey into the next world. What remains universal to this day is the humanity of the piece and the dramatic and heartfelt expression of hope in the face of loss.
A grand and multi-layered choral work, full of passionate intensity, Elgar beautifully captures Gerontius’ changing emotions on this spiritual journey through fear, hope, dread, sadness and ultimately peace.
For his last concert as Musical Director of Henley Choral Society, inspirational young conductor Benjamin Goodson brings together over 200 performers on one stage. Henley Choral Society will combine forces with the Lea Singers, be joined by internationally-acclaimed soloists, and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra containing some of Britain’s finest players.
The magnificent international Tenor, Joshua Ellicott, described as “outstanding” by The Times, will play Gerontius, bringing his versatile yet powerful voice to this complex role. Yvonne Howard, mezzo-soprano, has received critical acclaim for previous interpretations of the Angel and Matthew Brook has been described by The Observer as turning “everything he sings to gold”.
Tickets: £18 per person. Call Jan French 01491 572795 or on line at www.readingarts.com (£2 booking fee online)
Transport: Coaches will be running from Henley via Shiplake Return (£7 return). Coach tickets are also available from Jan French