Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius
Holbrook Choral Society
Phoenix Singers, Framlingham
Royal Hospital School Chapel Choir
National Youth Choir of Great Britten Fellowship
Richard Edgar Wilson, Tenor
William Saunders, Conductor
The Holbrook Choral Society is delighted to team up with the Phoenix Singers from Framlingham and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship to present a performance of The Dream of Gerontius, a choral work that has become a national treasure. Elgar was commissioned to write a major choral work for the 1900 Birmingham Festival. Having contemplated Cardinal Newman’s poem for some eight years before then, Elgar was determined that this would not be a standard oratorio and at its ill-prepared first performance the music was thought daring and difficult and the subject was viewed, in some quarters, with intense suspicion. Despite its early trials and subsequent criticisms, this magnificent masterpiece has stood the test of time and has established a firm presence in the English choral society reper traditions should be performed in the impressive setting of the School Chapel.
A fine and uplifting programme to finish the 2016 / 17 Music at RHS concert season.