Dartington Community Choir (DCC) has just announced final details for its next concert on Sunday December 9 in The Great Hall Dartington at 7.30pm.
It will be performing Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius under the baton of Simon Capet, together with the Dartington Sinfonietta. They have assembled a particularly fine set of soloists for the event – Alison Kettlewell (mezzo-soprano), David Webb (tenor), and James Platt (bass).
DCC spokesperson Hilary Tuppen writes: ‘Based on the famous poem of Cardinal Newman, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius follows the journey of a sick old man through death, divine judgement and finally towards redemption.
‘The piece has a rich Wagnerian style combined with emotional energy – Elgar uses musical motifs to provide a heart-rending expression of anguish and the consciousness of sin, juxtaposed with lyrical passages of tenderness and hope.a Like his Enigma Variations, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius has become a much-loved national treasure.’
Tickets £19 / students and U16s £7.50 are on sale at the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) or online
Dartington Community Choir presents Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Simon Capet
Sunday December 9, 2019 in The Great Hall at Dartington at 7.30pm
Philip R Buttall
top image: DCC with inset David Webb (L) and Alison Kettlewell (R)