Exeter Symphony Orchestra (ESO) – with internationally-renowned soloists Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Madeleine Shaw (mezzo soprano) and Tim Murfin (bass), the Exeter Philharmonic Choir, the University of Exeter Chapel Choir and St David’s Singers – is delighted to present a major performance of The Dream of Gerontius by Sir Edward Elgar in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 6 July 2019 at 7:30pm and proud to contribute to the Exeter Festival 2019.
The Dream of Gerontius is an unforgettable, large-scale work for orchestra, vocal soloists, chorus and organ; although according to its composer it is neither cantata nor oratorio, the piece is ideally suited to the great setting of Exeter Cathedral and will be a treat to hear. Even more so because our soloists’ names – Thomas Hobbs, Madeleine Shaw and Tim Murfin– will be familiar to many. All three singers have international reputations, but are Exeter-based; Thomas and Madeleine grew up in the city and the ESO is honoured to share the platform with them and three illustrious choirs.
The tenor (Gerontius), mezzo soprano (Angel) and bass (Priest) soloists tell a heartfelt story of loss and hope in the face of death, and the words and music are rightly cherished in place alongside Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
So, please join us and our local soloists and choirs to enjoy this performance of Elgar’s beautiful work.
Ticket prices: adults £12 to £26; full-time students and under-18s: £6 to £13.