Elgar’s “As Torrents in Summer”: Cambridge University Chamber Choir

Scored for a cappella chorus, As Torrents in Summer is an excerpt from the epilogue of Sir Edward Elgar’s 1896 cantata, Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, Op. 30.The text is an adaptation of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow which tells the story of Olaf Tryggvason, the medieval king of Norway, who brought Christianity to the Scandinavian country.

In As Torrents in Summer, the sustaining force of a far-off summer rainstorm, which refreshes dry riverbeds, becomes a metaphor for the unseen hand of God.

As torrents in summer, Half dried in their channels,
Suddenly rise, tho’ the sky is still cloudlesss.
For rain has been falling.
Far off at their fountains;

So hearts that are fainting Grow full to o’erflowing,
And they that behold it, Marvel, and know not
That God at their fountains
Far off has been raining!


  • Elgar: As Torrents in Summer, Christopher Robinson, Cambridge University Chamber Choir Amazon

Featured Image: “Hadrian’s Wall in an English summer,” photograph by Tyler Rickenbach

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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