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Elgar’s The Kingdom at Hereford Cathedral, in aid of Christian Aid

30th April 2016 @ 19:30 - 21:30

£10 - £25

Elgar’s friend and publisher A J Jaeger wrote: “The scoring is kaleidoscopic in the variety of its colour schemes and one long feast for the connoisseur in orchestration”.

Elgar intended his oratorio The Kingdom as the second part of a trilogy depicting the earliest days of the Christian Church.  The first part, The Apostles, was given its first performance at the Birmingham Triennial Festival in October 1903; that of The Kingdom took place at the same Festival three years later, in October 1906. However that was as far as the trilogy got, apart from a few sketches which Elgar worked on sporadically up to 1920 for the projected third part, The Last Judgement.

This is a “must be there” concert, presenting Elgar’s greatest mature oratorio in the city where it was written. The five movements depict the dramatic events of the first Pentecost – effectively the foundation of the Christian church – and of the days leading up to and following that.   The narrative constitutes what is in some ways one of the most gripping stories in the Bible. Soloists represent the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, St. John and St. Peter. Elgar’s music, which is powerful but at the same time ravishingly beautiful, reflects the drama of those events.

Bromyard Choral Society and Ledbury Choral Society present this performance of The Kingdom at Hereford Cathedral two weeks before Pentecost in the 110th anniversary year of its première, with the additional support of the Senior Chamber Choir from Hereford Cathedral School.  After meeting the costs of staging the concert, all proceeds will be passed to Christian Aid, whose annual fundraising drive Christian Aid Week traditionally starts at Pentecost.

As well as the choirs, nearly all the other performers are also from the local area:

  • One of the soloists is from Herefordshire – originally it was all four, but Jo Williamson (mezzo-soprano) and Roger Langford (bass) had to withdraw earlier in 2016 for very different personal reasons, and at the last minute Jon Weller (tenor) has sadly had to back out with laryngitis.  The line-up is now Lucy Bowen (soprano), Louise Crane (mezzo-soprano) and Justin Lavender (tenor), with Paul Mocroft (bass-baritone) singing the central role of St. Peter.
  • A Herefordshire/Worcestershire orchestra, the Bromyard Sinfonia.
  • A Herefordshire conductor, Sir Richard Mynors.

Please come and support Christian Aid in the stunning surroundings of Hereford Cathedral while enjoying Elgar’s masterpiece, which many consider excels even his better-known Dream of Gerontius.  Tickets will be on sale at the door, or until 12.00 on Friday 29th April can be obtained via the Courtyard Theatre Box Office.

Please tell your friends about this concert!  You can also download a PDF flyer to pass on by email; why not send a link to this web page at the same time to give fuller information?


30th April 2016
19:30 - 21:30
£10 - £25
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Hereford Cathedral
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Hereford, HR1 2NG
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