The work is based on a poem by John Henry Cardinal Newman. Elgar had long known and loved this poem, and considered the poem to be a basis for a great choral work. In 1900 a commission to compose a work for the Birmingham Music Festival created the opportunity for him to achieve his ambition.
The name 'Gerontius' has its root in the Greek word "geron" (old man) and the story told by Newman's poem is the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed to his judgement before God and his arrival in Purgatory.
'Dream of Gerontius' has remained in the world repertoire and is viewed by many as Elgar’s greatest achievement, a masterpiece. It has remained a strong favourite with all choirs that can muster the necessary resources.
In this performance, the Bearsden Choir together with three fantastic soloists will be joined by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir and accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the baton of conductor, Andrew Nunn.
Penelope Cousland Mezzo-Soprano
Luke Sinclair Tenor
Dominic Barberi Baritone
The Bearsden Choir
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir
The Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Andrew Nunn Conductor
Elgar: Dream of Gerontius
There will be no interval during this performance.