SUNDAY MAY 6th 7.30pm 2018 at the RNCM
This concert celebrates Nigel Wilkinson’s 20th season as Music Director.
The “Dream of Gerontius” is one of the great choral masterpieces, arguably the greatest English choral work of all time.
Cardinal John Henry Newman’s famous poem follows Gerontius’ journey from his deathbed, (where he is mourned by his friends), beyond death, through the trials of purgatory where he is tormented by demons, and finally guided by Angels through the gates of Heaven to eternal salvation.
This epic poem inspired Elgar to write some of his most thrilling and moving music, reaching sublime heights in the “hymn” “Praise to the Holiest in the Height” and culminating in the tranquil, consoling serenity of the Angel’s farewell.
Gerontius will be sung by tenor Benjamin Hulett, the angel by mezzo Kathleen Wilkinson, and the priest by Henry Waddington. Nigel Wilkinson will conduct, accompanied by the East Lancs Sinfornia.