City of Bristol Choir
David Ogden Conductor
Peter Auty Gerontius
Jennifer Johnston Angel
Martin Le Poidevin bass
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.
Peter Auty is established as one of Britain’s leading tenors. He made his professional debut at Opera North in 1998 and was a company principal of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 1999 until 2002 where he covered several major roles and had the opportunity of working with many of the world’s leading singers and conductors. He returned to the Royal Opera singing the roles of Malcolm in Macbeth and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. In the UK, Peter Auty has sung for Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne on Tour, English National Opera and Scottish Opera. Abroad he has worked with several companies including Essen Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Nationale Reisopera and New Zealand Opera. On the concert platform he has appeared with many major orchestras and at prestigious festivals including the BBC Proms and Three Choirs Festival.
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.
Martin Le Poidevin
Martin Le Poidevin studied Music at Bristol University, graduating with a first class degree. He is a well-known oratorio soloist in the West Country and has appeared as soloist with internationally-renowned orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Symphony Orchestra and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts; he has also appeared with the Tallis Scholars and as part of the solo line-up with I Fagiolini.
As well as an oratorio soloist Martin has sung a wide range of operatic roles, including Ford (Falstaff), The Count (The Marriage of Figaro), Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas). He is also a recitalist – he specialises in the classical song cycles and English song. He was the baritone soloist in John Rutter’s 70th birthday concert, conducted by the composer himself, and in 2016 he premiered a song cycle with lyrics by the poet Ian McMillan.
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