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Edward German
Edward German: Elgar loved his music

Whitchurch celebrates music of famous son

Seen by many as a forgotten treasure, the work of composer Edward German will be the focus of a week long festival.


Between 22 and 28 April, Whitchurch will be the centre of the first Edward German Music Festival. From performances by festival patron and cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber, to talks about the composer, there are a wide variety of events planned. For further details call 01948 662233.

One of the key highlights is the world premier of the winning composition of the Edward German Music Competition. The piece, composed by Honey Smith, will be performed by Choros Amici on 22 April at 7.30pm in St Alkmund's Parish Church.

"A long overdue celebration of Shropshire's most famous musical son."
Julian Lloyd Webber

Timed for St George's Day, there will also be a performance of the concert version of German's most well-known work, 'Merrie England'. The four key soloists will be accompanied by a 130 strong choir and 20 piece orchestra. The first perfomance will take place on 23 April at 4.30pm at Whitchurch Leisure Centre.

Edward German was born in Whitchurch in 1862 and studied at the Royal Academy in London. He went on to be the musical director at the Globe Theatre and to write the first ever score for a British film, 'Henry VIII', in 1911. The composer died in 1936 and is buried in Whitchurch.

last updated: 27/04/06
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