Elgar The Kingdom

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Elgar The Kingdom

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Sir Stephen Cleobury

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Faust Chamber Orchestra
David Hill
 conductor
Mary Bevan soprano
Jane Irwin mezzo-soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Gareth Brynmor John bass

Tickets: £40, £35, £30, £20
Full-time students and under-18s: £10 or £5 on the door (subject to availability).

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A Worcestershire schoolmaster once described to his class the Twelve Apostles as “poor men, young men, at the time of their calling; perhaps before the descent of the Holy Ghost not cleverer than some of you here.” This down-to-earth judgement left a lasting impression on the young Edward Elgar, who was inspired to dramatise the lives of the apostles and the very foundation of the Christian Church itself; a gargantuan task which sadly remained incomplete. David Hill leads the massed forces of the Cambridge University and Leeds Philharmonic Choruses, and in Ely the Faust Chamber Orchestra and Leeds the BBC Philharmonic, in Part 2 of this exalted trilogy, The Kingdom– part 1 being The Apostles and the projected third part provisionally named The Last Judgement. Many esteemed musicians and critics, Sir Adrian Boult among them, regard The Kingdom more highly than its more famous predecessor and it is not difficult to see why. With its dignified march-theme gradually unfurling into a glorious climax it is a subtle and serene, but glorious, affirmation of faith.

This programme will also be performed at Leeds Town Hall, but with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Carolyn Sampson (soprano) on Saturday 23 November 2019, 7.30pm. Click here for further information and to purchase tickets.