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Saturday 16th March 2019
7:30pm, St Botolphs Church, Colchester

Elgar's Dream of Gerontius


Nowadays a favourite of choirs and audiences alike, the first (underrehearsed) performance of Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius disappointed the composer, baffled his friends and underwhelmed the critics. Elgar had been thinking about setting Cardinal Newman's poem ever since receiving a copy as a wedding present in 1889. A commission by the Birmingham Festival in 1900 spurred him to writing Gerontius. He believed that it was his greatest work: "far beyond anything I've yet done. [I've] written my own heart's blood into the score" he wrote to his publisher. It took a German conductor, Julius Buths, to demonstrate its qualities, and the work began to receive the recognition it deserved. "The first English progressivist" is how Richard Strauss hailed Elgar after a performance in Düsseldorf in 1902. This is the eighth time Colchester Choral Society have performed The Dream of Gerontius.

with Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Daniel Joy, Edward Grint

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Dates for your diary...

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Assembly Rooms, Dedham

Summer Serenade

A change of Style for Colchester Choral Society, as we combine summer music with our end of year celebration, in the elegant eighteenth-century Dedham Assembly Rooms. We will be singing extracts from Purcell's delightful Restoration opera, King Arthur.

Tickets will include a glass of wine and nibbles.

Elgar's Dream of Gerontius

Saturday 16th March 2019

7:30pm
St Botolphs Church, Colchester

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