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London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle

The Dream of Gerontius

Photo of Sir Simon Rattle conducting

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the British masterpiece at the very centre of his musical life: Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.

‘This is the best of me,’ declared Edward Elgar on the score of The Dream of Gerontius, and in a great performance, this heart-rending, transcendently beautiful vision of a lonely soul’s journey towards eternity can leave audiences in tears. For Sir Simon, it’s a lifelong love, and to perform it today, he’s assembled an unsurpassable team.

It's not just that the LSO was Elgar’s own orchestra – or even that our soloists today combine world-beating operatic credentials with a lifelong love of Elgar’s music. Simon Halsey has prepared Gerontius with the world’s greatest choirs including the London Symphony Chours, and for Rattle it’s been a constant throughout his career, with The Guardian praising the ‘dramatic power and sometimes enormous intensity’ of his interpretation. This is personal: straight from the heart.

Running time will be 1 hour 45 minutes. There will be no interval in either performance. 


Barbican Hall