Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius set to light up Leeds Town Hall

It promises to be an evening never to forget this Saturday, 15 February, as the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus joins forces with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to perform Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at Leeds Town Hall.

Considered one of his finest choral works, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius is a piece for voices and orchestra in two parts set to the text of John Henry Newman’s poem. It is the journey of a man's soul through death and was composed for the 1900 Birmingham Music Festival where its first performance took place in Birmingham Town Hall.

Conducted by David Hill, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus will be joined by a stellar line-up, which includes the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, St Peter’s Singers, organist Darius Battiwalla, soprano Jennifer Johnston, tenor Andrew Kennedy, and winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone Gareth John.

Tickets for Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius are priced £10 - £31.50 and are available from the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or book online at www.leedsconcertseason.com

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

"The musical programme at Leeds Town Hall continues to be of the highest quality, and this performance by the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, promises to be one of the best concerts yet.

"This really is an event not to be missed, and as always, we would ask people to book their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus has over 100 singing members regularly performing at Leeds Town Hall. In recent years the chorus has recorded works such as Stanford’s Stabat Mater and Te Deum for Chandos, Walton’s Gloria and Belshazzar’s Feast for Naxos and The Messiah for CMI Records. As well as performing concerts in Leeds Town Hall, the chorus has performed in many other prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Liszt Academy (Budapest) and Stephansdom (Vienna).

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra remains at the forefront of the UK orchestral music scene, continuing to serve communities across the South and South West, and extending its influence across the whole of the UK and internationally with regular festival appearances, an extensive catalogue of recordings and live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. It is one of the most dynamic and innovative symphony orchestras in the UK today.

For further information please contact:

Alison Stockwell

Music Officer

Arts Planning Team

Leeds International Concert Season

Tel. 0113 247 8336

Fax. 0113 247 8334


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