Sir Edward Elgar's Dream of Gerontius at Southwark Cathedral
Saturday 22nd June is a unique day in the calendar for both the Epsom Choral Society and Barnes Choir. These two great well-established choirs will be joining forces for the first time, under their joint musical director Julian Collings, to perform Elgar’s best loved choral work, the Dream of Gerontius, at the great Southwark Cathedral.
Gerontius is acknowledged to be one of the greatest choral works ever written. It is a deeply moving work, a heartfelt expression of loss and hope in the face of death. The poem was written by Cardinal John Henry Newman, (whose canonisation is due to take place in Rome later this year). It follows the journey of a dying man who meets his Guardian Angel and goes before his God before being taken to Purgatory with the promise of everlasting glory. With stirring passages of great power and beauty and an achingly beautiful finale, this great work is cherished by music lovers everywhere.
These two long established choirs, Epsom Choral Society currently in its 97th season and Barnes Choir now in its 66th season, will bring their love and experience of great choral singing to delight their audience.
The soloists are Judy Brown (mezzo-soprano), Elgan Llŷr Thomas (tenor) and Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone). Also performing are the Arcubus Ensemble and the Regent Sinfonia.
Entry is £20, or £10 for students and under-18s and there are restricted view seat for £15, or £8 for students and under-18s available from https://gerontius2019.org.uk/shop or Tel 07522 111 219
Barnes Choir event
Marble Hill Singers
Saturday, 29 June at 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk
All proceeds from this concert are going to the Down's Syndrome Association.
Soulful and moving songs and piano music, including Handel's Water Music.
With conductor: Rebecca Taylor
Langdon Down Centre event
Summer Concert: the Power of Song
Bruch: Die Macht des Gesanges
Vierne: Les Angélus
This fascinating programme brings together works from three very different traditions. Duruflé’s love of Gregorian plainchant shines through his understated, achingly lyrical Requiem mass, which will be performed alongside his friend Vierne’s enchanting songs for mezzo-soprano and organ. John Tavener’s Svyati for choir and cello, written in memory of a friend, draws movingly on the colour and tradition of the Russian Orthodox church. Finally, The Power of Song by Max Bruch, is an impassioned, Romantic hymn to the quasi-religious power of music itself.
Mezzo-soprano: Penelope Cousland
Baritone: Gareth Brynmor John
Organ: James Orford
Cello: Clare O’Connell
Kingston Choral Society
Conductor: Andrew Griffiths
Under 18s and full-time students: £5
(Booking fee applies)
Kingston Choral Society event
Brahms and Vaughan Williams
Sacred and Secular music including Brahms Funf Gesange and Vaughan Williams In Windsor Forest and more
Trumpeter: George Picker
Conductor: Jack Apperley
Accompanist: Paul Ayres
Tickets £12 in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/concordiavoices
£14 on door, 18 and under free.
Concordia Voices event