Massed choirs for mas­ter­piece

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The op­por­tu­nity to sing the works of com­poser Ed­ward El­gar is a big one for Auck­land Choral singer Sue Evans.

Bet­ter still, she will be join­ing some 300 other vo­cal­ists and mu­si­cians in the su­perb acous­tics of the Auck­land Town Hall for a per­for­mance of The Dream of Geron­tius next month.

No fewer than three choirs – Auck­land Choral, Univer­sity of Auck­land Cham­ber Choir and the Bris­bane Cho­rale – will join forces to per­form with the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra and cel­e­brated soloists Helen Med­lyn, David Hamil­ton and Martin Snell on Septem­ber 21.

El­gar has been a prom­i­nent fea­ture in Ms Evans’ mu­si­cal life.

The English mezzo-so­prano even chose to live in ru­ral West Auck­land be­cause the Waitakere Ranges are rem­i­nis­cent of the Malvern Hills in the Worces­ter­shire coun­try­side, where El­gar walked and rode his bi­cy­cle seek­ing in­spi­ra­tion and whistling his lat­est com­po­si­tions.

The Dream of Geron­tius is about the jour­ney of the hu­man soul from the point of death to par­adise and Ms Evans be­lieves re­li­gious faith is not re­quired to ap­pre­ci­ate the poignancy that is ex­pressed in the work.

The con­cert will be con­ducted by Uwe Grodd.

‘‘This is the first time in a dozen years to hear this mag­nif­i­cent work and with such large forces it prom­ises to be an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says.

‘‘The com­bi­na­tion of so many voices and a large sym­phonic orches­tra cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar sound palette and rich­ness of sound which should match the epic na­ture of El­gar’s mas­ter­piece.’’

Adding a unique di­men­sion to this con­cert is the visit of the guest choir, the Bris­bane Cho­rale, which co­in­cides with the 25-year an­niver­sary of the sis­ter-city re­la­tion­ship be­tween Auck­land and Bris­bane.

Renowned Aus­tralian or­gan­ist Christopher Wrench is look­ing for­ward to play­ing the grand Town Hall or­gan for this per­for­mance.

The semi cho­rus will be sung by the youth­ful en­sem­ble the Univer­sity of Auck- land Cham­ber Choir.

The Dream was com­posed in 1900 and is widely re­garded as El­gar’s finest choral work.

Dream time: Auck­land Choral mezzo-so­prano Sue Evans is look­ing for­ward to singing El­gar’s The Dream of Geron­tius next month.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see Auck­land Choral per­form.

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