THE magnificent Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow is the venue for Bearsden Choir’s opening concert ‘The Dream of Geronitius’ for its 2012/2013 season at 7.30pm on Saturday (October 13).
This is the only performance in Scotland this year of Elgar’s finest choral work which has been described as ‘a national monument’ - many consider Gerontius to be his greatest ever composition.
Singers from Bearsden Choir, Glasgow University and The Academy of Sacred Music, will join forces with Scottish Sinfonia, under the baton of Neil Mantle MBE, to perform this jewel in the crown of choral repertoire.
A superb trio of soloists will complement the evening - Matthew Todd is Gerontius/the Soul, Colette Ruddy is the Angel and Jon Stainsby will be both the Priest and the Angel of the Agony.
A spokesperson for the concert, John Wilson, said: “Elgar must have felt that he had created something special with this work for at the end of the manuscript score, he wrote this quotation from John Ruskin’s Sesame and Lilies,
“ ‘This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved and hated, like another: my life was as the vapour and is not; but this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory’.
“Over 300 friends will give their talent and time to raise money through ACES for children in El Salvador and for Glasgow based SCIAF. The performance is also a thank you to Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti in this, the year of his retirement.
“All those who attend will aid the above charities at the same time as demonstrating the power of music as a channel for well being, charity and peace.”
This concert is part of the Arts In Autumn festival which is supported by, among others, Music at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Council.
Children will be admitted free, for tickets and further information from Bearsden Choir contact Gill Hamblen 07751 151799 or Sarah Strachan 07989 260030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org