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Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask

The composer of Land of Hope and Glory is often regarded as the quintessential English gentleman, but Edward Elgar's image of hearty nobility was deliberately contrived. In reality, he was the son of a shopkeeper, who was awkward, nervous, self-pitying and often rude, while his marriage to his devoted wife Alice was complicated by romantic entanglements which fired his creative energy.

In this revelatory portrait of a musical genius, John Bridcut explores the secret conflicts in Elgar's nature which produced some of Britain's greatest music.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Feb 2014 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Bridcut
WriterJohn Bridcut
DirectorJohn Bridcut
Executive ProducerFiona Morris
Assistant ProducerCat Dixon