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The Hallé | Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus & St Peter's Singers
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The Hallé | Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus & St Peter's Singers

The Hallé
Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
St Peter's Singers

Simon Wright - conductor
Sarah Connolly - mezzo soprano
Barry Banks - tenor
David Soar - bass

Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius Listen

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dan Holden.

The concert will be finished by approximately 9.30pm.

Gerontius is dying, and Jesus is calling him home.

As a man faces his death he contemplates his life, led on his journey to heaven by an angel to await his fate. Along the way he encounters friends, angels, demons and souls – with the hope of a final re-awakening to glory.

Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius is a towering monument of English choral music. The apocalyptic work reflects an eclectic range of influences: Wagner, Verdi, Anglican and Catholic liturgical music, and even – in its ‘Demons Chorus’ – echoes of Victorian music-hall.

An epic adaptation of John Henry Newman’s poem, of this work Elgar wrote, ‘This is the best of me’. Arguably his greatest achievement, The Dream of Gerontius will be an overwhelmingly sublime closing to the 2018/19 Leeds International Orchestral Season.

Read what Dame Sarah Connolly had to say when we sat down with her ahead of this concert.



A £38.16, B £36.04, C £31.80, D £24.91,          
E £18.55
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(including booking fees)

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  • My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.
    Edward Elgar