Dream performance for the NTU Choir

On Saturday 16 April, the NTU Choir joined forces with the 70-strong Philharmonia Orchestra and three internationally recognised soloists to perform Sir Edward Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

On Saturday 16 April, the NTU Choir joined forces with the 70-strong Philharmonia Orchestra and three internationally recognised soloists to perform Sir Edward Elgar's choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

The Dream of Gerontius, set to the text of Cardinal Newman's famous poem, follows the journey of a dying man, his reawakening as a soul, and his preparation for his judgement day. It was one of the most challenging pieces that the choir has undertaken over the last 10 years, however after just three months of rehearsals the choir's performance was extraordinary. 

It was a particularly fantastic achievement for the choir - which is made up of students, staff, alumni and members of the local community - as many members cannot read music and their performance of this demanding piece was a testament to their commitment to the choir and to the enthusiasm of NTU Music's Director of Music, Matthew Hopkins.

It was a thrill for the choir to perform alongside one of the world's best orchestras and three professional soloists, all at the top of their game. The leading English Tenor, Toby Spence, performed the role of Gerontius. Toby was joined by the wonderful Bass voice of Nottinghamshire-born David Soar, who sang the part of the Angel of the Agony and mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones who performed the voice of the Angel. 

First year Psychology student and soprano, Lizzie Teasdale, who joined the choir in January this year said, "It was an unbelievable experience to sing with such an amazing orchestra. The atmosphere in the Royal Concert Hall was incredible – I will never forget it!"

  • The concert helped raise funds and awareness for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
  • after such a successful evening, NTU Music are already looking forward to next year's Spring Concert!
  • Take a look at photos from the performance on the NTU Music Facebook page.
  • For more information about upcoming NTU Music events, visit their website

Dream performance for the NTU Choir

Published on 25 April 2016
  • Category: Culture; Music

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