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Elgar’s most famous and loved choral work
Sir Edward Elgar’s Gerontius is acknowledged to be one of the greatest choral works ever written. It is a deeply moving work, a heartfelt expression of loss and hope in the face of death.
From the poem by John Henry Newman, it follows the journey of a dying man who meets his Guardian Angel and goes before his God before being taken to Purgatory with the promise of everlasting glory.
With stirring passages of great power and beauty and an achingly beautiful finale this great work is cherished by music lovers everywhere.
The soloists are Judy Brown (mezzo-soprano), Elgan Llŷr Thomas (tenor) and Jon Stainsby (baritone). Also performing are the Arcubus Ensemble and the Regent Sinfonia.
Julian Collings, conductor and Musical Director of both choirs, said: “I am fortunate to be the musical director of both these established choirs and it is very exciting to bring these forces together to perform this masterpiece at such a great venue”
Helen Philips, Chairman of the Epsom Choral Society said: “We are really looking forward to singing with the esteemed Barnes Choir in one enormous chorus for this seminal work. And in Southwark Cathedral! It will be a wonderful occasion.”
Adam Hammond, Chairman of Barnes Choir said: “This is the first time we have had the opportunity to perform with another major choir and we are very excited to be able to sing in one of London’s great cathedrals. We are very happy that Julian Collings had the vision to bring his two choirs together like this”