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The Dream of Gerontius

9 March 2024, 19:30


Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Members of
Cambridge University Chamber Choir

Members of the Choirs of Emmanuel, Fitzwilliam, Girton, Pembroke and Queens’ Colleges
East Anglia Chamber Orchestra

David Young conductor
Claudia Huckle contralto
Andrew Staples tenor
Trevor Eliot Bowes bass

Embark on a musical odyssey as the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus presents Elgar’s monumental The Dream of Gerontius, a transformative work for voices and orchestra. Composed in 1900 to the poignant text of John Henry Newman’s poem, this gripping oratorio travels through the spiritual journey of a devout man’s soul – Gerontius – navigating from his final moments on Earth to his celestial judgement and eventual entrance into Purgatory.

Often considered Elgar’s magnum opus, Gerontius is an unrivalled gem in the realm of choral music featuring a vast orchestra, multiple choirs, and three soloists. The Cambridge University Symphony Chorus and their director David Young are joined by members of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, members of the choirs of Emmanuel, Fitzwilliam, Girton, Pembroke and Queens’ Colleges, East Anglia Chamber Orchestra and a stellar lineup of soloists: Claudia Huckle, Andrew Staples and Trevor Eliot Bowes. The grandeur and scale of Ely Cathedral provides the perfect setting for this epic piece.

Don’t miss The Dream of Gerontius – a work that transcends time and captures the essence of faith, mortality, and spiritual awakening.

£38, £32, £26, £18
Concessions: £35, £30, £24, £16
Students and under-18s: £5

Discounted concession tickets are available for people in receipt of Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Income Support or Job Seekers allowance, and disabled people (with free entry for one carer).
For this concert, additionally discounted tickets are available to Current students of the University of Cambridge, Students enrolled at institutions other than the University of Cambridge and Children (under 18 years).