Saturday 24 March 2018
Phoenix Choir’s Spring concert, “The Dream of Gerontius” comes to The Hawth, Crawley
Phoenix Choir of Crawley and Guest Singers, Phoenix Sinfonia and three outstanding soloists bring Elgar’s apocalyptic masterpiece “The Dream of Gerontius” to life at The Hawth Crawley on 24th March 2018 at 7.30pm.
Elgar’s oratorio, based on the poem of the same name by John Henry Newman takes it audience on an emotional and spiritual odyssey as it tells the tale of a man passing from life, through death, into the afterlife. On his journey, Gerontius confronts angels, demons and his own fears and doubts before the tumultuous moment of meeting God.
“The Dream of Gerontius” delivers an experience that matches the intensity of its subject matter. Elgar meets the challenge with a work that is daring and dramatic with glorious texture, colour and sound. The music has shades of darkness and light with Wagnerian moments described as, ‘terrifying’ and ‘breath-taking’ alongside those of tender mysticism and haunting beauty.
The concert will be led by Phoenix Choir’s distinguished musical director, Samuel Hayes with tenor Tom Raskin singing the part of Gerontius, baritone Quentin Hayes as the Priest and the superlative mezzo-soprano Jennifer Westwood as the Angel. All three soloists joined the Phoenix Choir and guest singers for a workshop day at Crawley Baptist Church, early in February, to explore this wonderful work together. The Phoenix Sinfonia will be using a reduced orchestration by David Meacock, which keeps the flavour of the original by using an organ and almost thirty instrumentalists. The demanding organ part will be played by Adrian Bawtree, well known in Sussex and Kent as an organist, composer and choir music director.
Edward Elgar: “The Dream of Gerontius” Spring Concert with Phoenix Choir on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7.30pm at The Hawth, Crawley, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ.
Tickets at £16 full cost, £8 for full time students and £6 for under 16s are available at The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636, or from choir members or online at https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth
Saturday 30 June 2018
7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School, Buckswood Drive, Gossops Green, Crawley, RH11 8JE
CARL ORFF ~ CARMINA BURANA
CONSTANT LAMBERT ~ RIO GRANDE
All details may be subject to change without notice