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Elgar recalled in sound

Violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Elgar

We present a series of audio clips in which Elgar is recalled by those who knew him.





    • Mary Grafton, Elgar’s niece, talks about Elgar composing The Kingdom and Symphony No. 1.
    • Sir Percy Howell, organist, talks of Elgar’s compositional habits and performance instructions.
    • Sir Barry Jackson, artistic director of the Malvern Festival, describes Elgar’s visits & his plans for writing an opera.
    • Yehudi Menuhin, violinist, reminiscences about the first time he met Elgar.
    • Harriet Cohen, pianist, describes Elgar’s kindness to young people and her personal reminiscences.
    • Sir Adrian Boult, conductor, evaluates Elgar as a conductor;  Bernard Shore, viola player, discusses Elgar’s orchestrations.
    • Alec Robertson, composer, describes the technical exactitude in each instrumental part of Elgar’s The Kingdom and of Elgar taking rehearsals.
    • Sir Arthur Bliss, conductor, describes a visit to the Elgar’s house in Hampstead and Elgar’s personality.
    • Vaughan Williams, composer, describes his first encounter with Elgar’s music and the first time he met Elgar in person.

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