The Dream of Gerontius
Conducted by David Ogden
Andrew Kennedy Gerontius
Jennifer Johnston Angel
Martin Le Poidevin bass
City of Bristol Choir
Considered one of the greatest pieces ever written for chorus and orchestra, The Dream of Gerontius is Elgar’s masterpiece about life, death and one man’s journey into the afterlife. On a grand scale, the music vividly describes moments of exhilaration and terror, as flights of angels sing ecstatic choruses of praise.
Staged as the highlight of City of Bristol Choir’s 25th anniversary season, the 100 strong choir joins forces with Exultate Singers, international soloists and professional orchestra the Bristol Ensemble.
City of Bristol Choir is an auditioned choir of 90 singers, which gives regular concerts in Bristol and around the South West, and has appeared on BBC radio and television.
Andrew Kennedy studied at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he performed many solo principal roles. Andrew has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists’ Award in 2006. He was also a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.
Named by BBC Music Magazine as “a rising star”, and the Financial Times as the “Face to Watch in Opera”, Jennifer Johnston is a former BBC New Generation Artist and a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music. She has appeared in opera at the Teatro alla Scala, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Opera de Lille, Beijing Festival, Baltic Sea Festival and more.
She has performed with many orchestras in repertoire spanning the centuries, from Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Dallas Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Youth Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.
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