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A Night to Remember - Elgar's Dream of Gerontius

Mar 24 2004 10:20
Diana Tan
From Gerontius?s last prayer to his journey to face his Master, I was captivated
The Imperial College Union Choir rehearsing for the performance in the Tanaka building foyer last week.

Last Friday saw the Imperial College Choir, the Imperial College Medic Choir and the Roehamptom University Choir conducted by Therees Tkach Hibbard perform Elgar?s Dream of Gerontius in the Great Hall, accompanied by the guest soloists, Stephen Brown, Christine Mar?y and Damian Thantrey.

From Gerontius?s last prayer to his journey to face his Master, I was captivated and taken away with the story. It is no wonder that this is claimed to be Elgar?s most popular choral work.

Tenor, Stephen Brown and Mezzo-Soprano, Christine Mar?y were especially caught up in their solos, ?telling? or rather singing the story convincingly. Bass, Damian Thantrey with his distinctive voice adds colour and flair to this concert. Overall, their singing sparkled with intensity and involvement.

After an enjoyable performance by the choir and the guest soloists in the first part, I was eagerly awaiting the continuation when Gerontius awakens as a Soul. Part II kicked off and as their voices resonated through the Great Hall, I was mesmerised. The choir gave a brilliant performance as the Angelicals and the Demons. Not forgetting the accompanying orchestra who played with much passion.

For an amateur such as myself, this performance of Elgar?s Dream of Gerontius was truly a night to cherish and remember. It is a wonder why most students passed up on such fantastic musical performance. I can?t wait for the next concert!

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