Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Pott: Sentinel
- Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Music Club performed what is widely regarded as Elgar’s masterpiece, which had its first performance in 1900. The Dream of Gerontius is a setting of John Henry Newman’s poem of the same name. It portrays the journey of the soul from death to Judgement then Purgatory on a grand scale, ranging in tone from full Elgarian passion to moments of intense tranquillity and great beauty.
Also on the programme was the premier of local composer Francis Pott’s Sentinel. This short work was commissioned jointly last year by Winchester College and Sospiri, an Oxford-based chamber choir, and commemorates the fallen of the Great War, merging texts by poets Edward Thomas and Isaac Rosenberg.
Louise Crane – The Angel, mezzo soprano
Justin Lavender – Gerontius, tenor
Ashley Riches – The Priest and Angel of the Agony, bass baritone
Winchester Music Club
Winchester College Glee Club and Quiristers
Winchester Music Club Orchestra
Nicholas Wilks – conductor