Proms Feature - Elgar The Virtuoso


19980726With this year's BBC Proms season featuring many of Elgar's greatest orchestral works, David Owen Norris conducts an investigation into Elgar the virtuoso orchestral composer. How did this Worcester piano tuner's son who learnt his craft at the great choral festivals and did not write a symphony until he was 50 ever become an orchestral composer at all? With contributions from Elgar experts, lovers and performers including Jerrold Northrop Moore, Anthony Payne, Diana McVeagh, Michael Kennedy, Colin Matthews, Stephen Banfield and Leonard Slatkin - who conducts Elgar's Symphony No 2 at the Proms on 11 August.