Elgar’s First Symphony


Thursday 9th March 2017

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

From £13.50 (including booking fee)

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Elgar - Symphony No.1
Elgar - Overture: Froissart
Elgar - Grania and Diarmid: Incidental Music, Funeral March and ‘There are Seven’
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No.3

Sir Mark Elder

Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-soprano

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In this fascinating three-part Elgar festival, master Elgarian Sir Mark explores different aspects of the composer’s complex musical personality. In December 1908 the Hallé gave the world premiere of Elgar’s First Symphony and ever since then this great work has retained a special place in the orchestra’s repertoire and affections. Inspired by the 14th-century Chronicles of Froissart, Elgar’s Overture was his first large-scale orchestral work, an elegant foretaste of the more expansive masterpieces to come. We also hear incidental music Elgar composed for Grania and Diarmid – a play by George Moore and W.B. Yeats based on a great heroic Irish legend – and the fiery and dramatic Pomp and Circumstance March No.3.

(Image: Zoe Barling)

Pre-concert Event, 6:30pm – with Sir Mark Elder and Peter Ainsworth

Sir Mark Elder and Peter Ainsworth, former Chair of the Elgar Foundation, discuss the seminal English composer Edward Elgar – our focus in this three-concert festival dedicated to his lasting influence. Join us as we hear about Elgar’s impact on the English musical landscape.

The pre-concert event will take place in the auditorium and is free for concert ticket holders.

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