What's On

Saturday 18 November 2023, 7.30pm

Saffron Walden Choral Society - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Saffron Walden Choral Society - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Presented by Saffron Walden Choral Society

Saffron Walden Choral Society on stage at Saffron Hall, taking their bows with their orchestra and soloists

Elgar was inspired to write this moving choral and orchestral music after reading the poem by Cardinal Newman.

The poem and Elgar’s music follow the story of Gerontius approaching death and of his soul’s journey to meet his guardian Angel and face the judgement of God. On the way he meets choruses of angels and of demons. Eventually he is taken to purgatory before attaining everlasting glory. Saffron Walden Choral Society is delighted that Mark Wilde will be singing the role of Gerontius.

Performance information

Running time

1 hour 55 minutes

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old

Booking information

Seating style

This event has tiered stalls and balcony seating


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is part of our Ten for £10 scheme. We will release ten £10 tickets for sale at 10am on the morning of this performance.


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this event

Programme and performers


  • Edward Elgar The Dream of Gerontius 95 mins


  • Saffron Walden Choral Society
  • Chameleon Arts Orchestra
  • Choir of St Peter's College, Oxford
  • Quintin Beer conductor
  • Catherine Hopper mezzo-soprano
  • Mark Wilde tenor
  • Sam Evans baritone baritone

Become a member

Your generosity helps us to inspire people through our international-standard performances and innovative participatory activities. Here’s how you can support us.

Courtney Pine and Jane Richardson

Information for your visit

Saturday 18 November 2023, 7.30pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

When to arrive

6.30pm - 7.15pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts



Interval (20 mins)

Show ends

9.25pm (approx)

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this performance
More info

Additional information


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Can't find your e-tickets?

Log in here to download your e-ticket from our website

Exterior of Saffron Hall showing the Saffron Walden County High School and Saffron Hall signs next to each other

Plan Your Visit

Everything you need to know about visiting Saffron Hall including getting here, parking, the shuttle bus and more
Light floods through the windows of the auditorium on to the blue theatre seats


Find out about our accessible seating and how to book either online, via email or over the phone
Saffron Hall car park full of cars


We have over 400 free parking spaces on site for our visitors

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers are the first port of call for our visiting audience, providing a friendly face and a warm welcome

Three smiling volunteers in their stewarding uniforms

Related shows

See all
Nicolas Altstaedt in black and white with his cello

London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Planets

Saturday 13 April 2024, 7.30pm
Holst’s masterpiece is an epic journey to the outer reaches of the solar system

OAE: Easter Oratorio

Sunday 24 March 2024, 4pm
Bach’s Easter music offers a joyous contrast to the intense grief of his Passions


Saturday 27 April 2024, 7.30pm
Pioneering viol consort Fretwork are joined by an exceptional consort of British singing talent