The Leconfield Singers’ Open Rehearsal
Wednesday 10th April 2019 8-10pm
All Hallows Church, Tillington
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At the rehearsal, under the instruction of conductor Graham Wili, and accompanied by pianist Joanna Kent, we will be practising excerpts as a part of the full choir from various choruses from The Dream of Gerontius, Elgar’s seminal work described by many as one of the greatest pieces for chorus and orchestra ever written, and described by Elgar ‘the best of me’.
Originally composed in 1900 for three choirs, soloists and a full orchestra, Elgar took the challenge of producing a major work with great aplomb. The piece is based on a Victorian poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman, and follows an “everyman” character (the word “Gerontius” comes from the Greek for “old man”) in an exploration of loss and hope in the face of death, the challenges of purgatory and judgment and the blessing of salvation. It is a passionate and deeply moving realisation of the soul’s darkest experiences: sublimely dramatic and painfully tender. The score is daring and incisive, but beautifully accessible, full of longing, with a powerful interplay of intimacy and grandeur.
On 8th May 2019, after a triumphant performance of Verdi’s Requiem in 2016, The Leconfield Singers will once again be a part of English Philharmonia and Chorus and return to London’s Royal Festival Hall with internationally acclaimed soloists and a choir of 280 singers, to perform this glorious work. For more information on this concert please expand the next event tab on this webpage or visit the Southbank Centre website.
Conductor Graham Wili is the founder and Principal Conductor of both the English Philharmonia and its sister orchestra, the London Handel Baroque Orchestra. Graham is in demand nationally and internationally performing in some of the most prestigious concert venues around the world.
Tickets: £5 available online or from Readers Good Books, Market Square, Petworth.
There will be a retiring collection in support of All Hallows Tillington.