Culture: Orchestra's Bond with Elgar Continues; Sir Edward Elgar's Links with Birmingham Are Many, Including Conducting the First Concert by the CBSO in 1920. Terry Grimley Reports
Byline: Terry Grimley
As Sir Edward Elgar himself once remarked - in a characteristically embittered context - if there was one place he hoped to gain recognition, it was Birmingham.
As a local Worcestershire lad he played violin in the orchestra at the Triennial Festival held in the Town Hall (on one occasion taking part in a performance of Dvorak's Sixth Symphony conducted by the composer), and he later wrote four major choral works - The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom and The Music Makers - for it.
He was the first professor of music at Birmingham University and had the distinction of conducting the first-ever concert by the then City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1920. The programme consisted entirely of his music, including the Birmingham premiere of his Cello Concerto, then virtually a new work.
All of this amounts to a special bond between the CBSO and Elgar's music, much of which is featured in the 2003/4 season. The highlight will be Sakari Oramo conducting rare revival of The Apostles to mark the actual centenary of that first Birmingham performance on October 14 (there is a second performance on October 16).
Not content with this, Oramo also conducts The Dream of Gerontius, the centenary …
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Publication information: Article title: Culture: Orchestra's Bond with Elgar Continues; Sir Edward Elgar's Links with Birmingham Are Many, Including Conducting the First Concert by the CBSO in 1920. Terry Grimley Reports. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Birmingham Post (England). Publication date: September 17, 2003. Page number: 14. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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