Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius: A Story in Five Places

Dr Joanna Bullivant has released a podcast series ‘Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius: A Story in Five Places‘. The work forms part of her project ‘The Dream of Gerontius: Curating Catholic Music Digitally’. This podcast series (4 episodes) explores Elgar’s work through five historic locations associated with it, some of which have received little attention previously and are not part of the traditional Elgar tourist routes. The five locations at which filming took place were: Worcester Cathedral; St George’s, Worcester; The Firs (Elgar’s Birthplace Museum); Birchwood Lodge (where the work was composed) and The Oratory, Birmingham.

Jo writes: “This project – a TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellowship – was about working with various organisations to bring Elgar’s extraordinary work, The Dream of Gerontius, to a wide audience, both through digitising the autograph manuscript and creating articles, workshops, and this podcast exploring the background to the work. In spite of pandemic restrictions, we were able to conduct Zoom workshops with school, publish new content with the British Library and the US National Institute for Newman Studies, and film the podcast around locations associated with Gerontius.”

Full details and image credit can be found on the TORCH website.