Major exhibition celebrates Elgar’s second symphony

Date Posted: 12/06/2011

Worcestershire’s Elgar Birthplace Museum has unveiled a major new exhibition to mark the centenary of the first performance of Elgar’s second symphony.

Now running until the 6th November, the exhibition traces the composition and performance of the second symphony, with recordings available to purchase. Featuring a number of items from the Museum’s collection, highlights include a letter from George Bernard Shaw and Elgar’s autograph manuscript score.

Elgar’s second symphony was first performed at the Queen’s Hall, London on 24th May 1911, conducted by Elgar and dedicated to the memory of his late majesty King Edward VII. Despite a rather more inauspicious introduction than the composer’s first symphony, gradually the second symphony has eclipsed the first, both in critical acclaim and in the hearts of the public, and is now considered to be one of Elgar’s greatest achievements.

Parties of ten or more people planning a visit to the Elgar Birthplace Museum can take advantage of a variety of discounts and group packages, and visits will be tailored to suit the requirements of individual groups. 

For further information telephone: 01905-333224 or log onto www.elgarfoundation.org 

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