“This is the best of me,” wrote Edward Elgar on the score of The Dream of Gerontius, and this story of a lonely soul’s journey towards eternity is told in music of startling passion and heartbreaking beauty. It’s one of the supreme masterpieces of British music – and it was created here in Birmingham. Edward Gardner returns to conduct this CBSO Centenary performance.

CBSO+ 18 April, 5.30pm: Listen to conductor Edward Gardner and CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock in conversation about Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.

Please note the pre-concert talk will now start at 5.30pm, 15 minutes earlier than previously advertised, due to the Making an Entrance redevelopments. You will be asked to show your ticket for access into the pre-concert talk, and then invited to take your seat for the concert immediately after the talk concludes. Times of talks will be listed on the concert pages of the CBSO and THSH’s websites in advance, please check before making travel plans.