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Elgar: The Kingdom

Sat, 4 February 2017

Hertfordshire Chorus

Conductor
David Temple
 
Soloists
Soprano - Eleanor Dennis 
Mezzo - Diana Moore
Tenor - Ben Johnson
Bass - James Platt
 
London Orchestra da Camera
 
In The Kingdom, Elgar develops the musical themes established in The Apostles, telling the story of the disciples after Jesus’ ascension. His emphasis is primarily on the spiritual consolidation of the young church (rather than its vigorous action) as it sets out to convert the world. Some of the most wonderful choral moments in the work are those that depict the Apostles together, celebrating Mass in the first and final scenes, and receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

There are also glorious moments where the emphasis is on individuals. Elgar made Peter the focus of this work, and gave him a prominent and forceful role. Typical of this is Peter’s condemnation of the ‘men of Israel’ for crucifying Christ, yet later Peter sings of how those who rejected Christ could also repent and be accepted into his Church.

Most memorable of all however is Mary’s solo ‘The sun goeth down’ which is sung after the arrest of the Apostles. It is one of the most haunting things that Elgar ever wrote, and it became popular as a separate concert piece during the composer’s lifetime. It is even better to hear it as Elgar intended it, in the setting of this wonderful story.

This performance of Elgar's The Kingdom by Hertfordshire Chorus will be dramatic and inspiring, as the composer intended it to be.

Martin Bird, Review Editor of the Elgar Society Journal, said of our previous performance in the Cathedral:

"Put simply, it was the finest performance of The Kingdom that I have ever heard, or can ever hope to hear. In David Temple there was, for once, a conductor who actually took notice of the directions Elgar has given in his score, and the result was a revelation."

"The Hertfordshire Chorus was a revelation. I’ve been singing in and conducting choirs, large and small, professional and amateur, for half a century, and the blend of sound, the tone, and consistent accuracy were something that I would normally expect to hear only in the best chamber choirs, amateur or professional."

Tickets
Premium          - £25 - Centre front with full view
Classic             - £20 - Centre middle with full view (Classic seats in other areas have a slight restricted view)
Standard Plus - £15 - Centre back with full view (Standard Plus seat in other areas have a restricted view)
Standard          - £12 - Centre back with full view (Standard seat in other areas have a restricted view)
No View           - £12 - mainly located in the aisles or behind pillars (these seats have no view of the stage)     

No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out.

Concessions:         
Children (under 18) £5,
Wheelchair spaces £25 (Premium), with a carer going free. 

Wheelchair spaces and carer discounts can only be booked through the Box Office. Please call 01727 890290 or visit the Cathedral.

Entry by the Chapter House. Doors open 7.00pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 9.30pm. There will be no interval during this performance. 

 

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