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Elgar's masterpiece will be performed in the atmospheric setting of

Westminster Cathedral at 7.30 pm on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th June 2003. These performances mark the 100th anniversary of both the opening of Westminster Cathedral, and the first London performance of The Dream of Gerontius, which was conducted by Elgar himself alp in 1903. A musical setting of

Cardinal Newman's mystical

rPstminster Cathedral I 903 poem on the subject of the

journey of the soul to Heaven, the work is in two parts, lasting approximately 1 hour 40 minutes in total. There will be an opportunity to view a display on Elgar in the Holy Souls Chapel of Westminster Cathedral both before and after the concerts. The performance on 5th June will take place in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, and on 6th June in the presence of His Grace The Duke of Norfolk. Both concerts will by hosted by His Eminence, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

CONDUCTOR David Hill has been the Musical Director of The Bach Choir since 1998. Widely recognised as one of the leading choral directors in the UK, David is also Director of Music Designate at St John's College, Cambridge, and is a former Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.

SOLOISTS The Angel: Catherine Wyn Rogers (Mezzo Soprano) Catherine Wyn Rogers appears regularly at major British Festivals such as the Three Choirs, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh. She regularly performs a wide range of repertoire with leading orchestras (The Philharmonia, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic) and has appeared with Scottish Opera, English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera. She is also a regular guest artist of The Royal Opera at Covent Garden.

Gerontius: Adrian Thompson (Tenor) Adrian Thompson is a leading exponent of the English Choral tradition and particularly admired for his interpretations ofThe Dream of Gerontius. One of the most versatile artists of his generation, he has recorded for many major labels and appears regularly at the most prestigious opera houses in Europe.

The Priest: Peter Rose (Bass) One of Britain's leading lyric basses, Peter Rose has won several prestigious awards, including the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1985, and the Glyndebourne John Christie Award in 1980. He is a regular guest of the world's most important opera houses and has worked as a concert artist with a number of internationally renowned conductors, including Mehta, Solti and Masur.


Westminster Cathedral Choir is recognised as one of the finest choirs of its kind in the world. In addition to its daily duties of singing Mass and Vespers at Westminster Cathedral, it has a busy schedule of recordings, radio and television broadcasts, concerts and international tours. Its Master of Music, Martin Baker, will direct the choir for concerts in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Norway during 2003-2004.

The Bach Choir have been described by the Evening Standard as `probably the finest independent choir in the world'. Its 275 members are dedicated to a challenging schedule of up to twenty concerts each season with the very best professional orchestras and soloists. The choir makes regular appearances at high profile venues across the country, and was part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002. The current season is a particularly exciting one for the Choir, with concerts in London, Lincoln, Winchester and Beirut.

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The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is widely recognised across the world through its acclaimed collection of over 300 recordings, for which it has received both Grammy and Gramophone Awards. The orchestra gives numerous concerts both at its home base and around the country and has a busy international touring schedule. It is committed to an active Education and Community programme, giving regular workshops for school children, the elderly and special needs groups.

PATRONS His Eminence, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor His Grace, The Duke of Norfolk


5th June His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. 6th June His Grace, The Duke of Norfolk.


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