They focus on the composer's relationship with the city of Worcester, including the cottage in which he was born, in the nearby village of Broadheath, the former county lunatic asylum where he gained his first conducting job and the city's magnificent cathedral, where Elgar is commemorated through a stained glass window celebrating his oratorio The Dream of Gerontius.
Pomp and Circumstance March No 2
chorus (praise to the holiest) (the dream of gerontius, part 2)
fairy pipers; slumber scene; fairies and giants (the wand of youth suite no 1)
presto (organ sonata no 1)
the valentine (five lancers)
Donald asks Stephen, a keen cyclist, about the influence Elgar's hobby of cycling had on his music.
They attempt to ride an authentic Edwardian bicycle and examine what the new hobby of the era meant to Elgar and his friends, particularly the female cyclists he knew, a number of whom turn up in the list of friends portrayed in the Enigma Variations.
Pomp and Circumstance March No 3
introduction and allegro for strings
exploring how elgar's hobby of cycling affected his music, including the enigma variations
variations on an original theme (enigma variations)
Elgar explored his melancholy in the eerie landscape of Longdon Marsh, west of Tewkesbury.
Stephen and Donald visit the eerily desolate landscape of Longdon Marsh, a few miles west of Tewkesbury, where Elgar went to get away from it all and explore his well-developed sense of melancholy.
Pomp and Circumstance March No 4
andante (violin sonata)
They visit the rivers Severn, Lugg and Wye, upon whose banks the composer dreamt up the music for his First Symphony and Nursery Suite.
Pomp and Circumstance March No 5
symphony no 1 (2nd and 3rd mvts)