Concert: Hong Kong Bach Choir, the North Yorkshire Chorus and the Hong Kong Sin-fonietta. Cultural Centre Concert Hall. June 5, 8pm. Tickets $90-$160 from Urbtix. One of the most beautiful testaments to faith, Elgar's The Dream Of Gerontius was written between walks in the English countryside, looking for inspiration. A long way from your average grey, muggy day in Hong Kong. But what he came up with you can hear on Monday when Jerome Hoberman conducts a concert that marks the centenary of the first performance. Two of the soloists - Jennifer Westwood (soprano) and Martin Hindmarsh (tenor) - also come from England, while the bass soloist will be Hong Kong's own Edmund Kwan. What is now the most popular of Elgar's choral pieces was put together in a hurry 100 years ago. Much of it is based on a poem by Cardinal John Newman, which tells the tale of the journey of a man's soul after death. Gerontius, roughly translated, means old man. Elgar received a copy of the poem as a wedding present in 1889, and mulled over the idea of setting it to music for years. In 1900 he was asked to create something for a festival, but, in the rush, the first performance was not a success. Critics slammed it. 'I always knew God was against art,' said Elgar. Happily, sitting among the audience was Julius Buths, director of the Lower Rhine Festival, who heard enough to stage the work in Dussel-dorf in 1901, to a roar of applause. As for Elgar, usually insecure, he must have had some idea he'd created an outstanding work. To the final score he added: 'This is the best of me. . .'