Honorary RPS member Sir Mark Elder
conducts Elgar's profound and heartfelt choral work, The Dream of Gerontius.
Elgar's magnum opus, The Dream of Gerontius, combines technique, brilliant virtuosity, heartfelt passion and inspiring humanity. Indeed, something very meaningful and profound took hold of Elgar as he began work on the piece, which sets Cardinal Newman's poem tracing a man's journey from faithful life to redemptive death.
'These trees are singing my music,' he wrote above the music for his thrilling hymn Praise to the Holiest, 'or have I sung theirs?' A charged Elgar went on to deliver a work of total conviction, for his wife Alice, 'a real message of consolation to the world.' Edward Elgar:
The Dream of Gerontius (no interval)
Sir Mark Elder
London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic ChoirClare College Choir, Cambridge
Celebrating the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary, this concert is linked to a series of events (see below) that draw inspiration from the pioneering spirit and drive of Edwardian Culture in England and how it shaped artistic thought through the Twentieth Century and beyond. These events are a part of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise Festival.
Other events in this Series on 26 January14.30
- English Visionaries
Composer James MacMillan on the influence and far reach of Edwardian artistic thought.
- My Music: Your Music
Premiere of a new film installation that brings together a range of young musicians voicing their thoughts and visions of music in the future.
- The Edwardian Era: Empire, Society and Culture
Academics and cultural commentators come together to discuss the Edwardian aesthetic.