Saturday 3 February 2018
SING THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS WITH THE PHOENIX CHOIR
Phoenix Choir of Crawley are inviting anyone interested in singing to join them in a full day workshop on Elgar’s seminal oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius, on Saturday 3rd February 2018, 10am to 4pm at Crawley Baptist Church, Crabtree Road, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7HJ. The workshop is part of the preparation for a performance of this popular pierce at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley on 24th March 2018.
Led by Phoenix Choir’s musical director, Samuel Hayes, with the three professional soloists who will be in the performance, the workshop offers the opportunity to explore the music and themes of this choral masterpiece. Soloists are Jennifer Westwood (mezzo soprano), Tom Raskin (tenor) and Quentin Hayes (baritone).
Guest singers will pay £15 to attend the workshop only; £35 for the workshop, the following seven Thursday evening rehearsals and to take part in the performance, or £45 for membership for one full term (starting on 11th January) including the workshop and performance. Music (published by Novello) can be hired for £3 and singers of all experiences and abilities are welcome to participate. Please use our Contact page to get in touch.
The poem, The Dream of Gerontius, upon which Elgar’s work is based, was written by the famous British theologian, John Henry Newman and describes Gerontius’ emotional and spiritual journey as he passes from life, through death, into the afterlife to come face to face with God. It was a poem that inspired many prominent Britons over a century ago, including Elgar himself.
After composing this piece, Elgar wrote: “this is the best of me”; he identified with Gerontius – “me when ill”, as he said in one letter. He said he had written “not church tunes” but music reflecting the character’s past life, “good, healthy, hearty, full blooded and romantic”. Not being a man to do things by halves, Elgar delivered a work that was daring and dramatic with full-throated texture, colour and sound. The music has shades of darkness and light with moments described as ‘apocalyptic’, ‘terrifying’ and ‘breathtaking’ alongside those of tender mysticism and beauty.
Saturday 24 March 2018
7.30pm at The Hawth Crawley, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ
EDWARD ELGAR ~ THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS
Guest singers are invited to attend this concert – please use our contact page to get in touch
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