Ely Sinfonia Presents An Elgar Celebration in Ely Cathedral

Ely Sinfonia

Ely Sinfonia

On Saturday 29 March 2014 Ely Sinfonia presents an An Elgar Celebration in Ely Cathedral, featuring Elgar’s The Enigma Variations (including Nimrod),  Sea Pictures, and Introduction and Allegro for Strings, with Steve Bingham (conductor), Hannah Pedley (soprano) and the Cassia String Quartet.

80 years after his death, Ely Sinfonia celebrates the life of that most English of composers, Sir Edward Elgar. Who has not heard his Pomp and Circumstance at the Last Night of the Proms? Or the exquisite Dream of Gerontius, his most famous choral work?

Tonight’s programme features another Elgar favourite, the glorious Enigma Variations, including the acclaimed Nimrod. This piece, more than any, propelled Elgar to fame.

The Introduction and Allegro for Strings, featuring the Cassia String Quartet, is another Elgar masterpiece. Listen out for the haunting solo viola melody in the Introduction, inspired by a Welsh mountain folk tune, followed by the Allegro, which the composer described as “the devil of a fugue”.

Commissioned for the 1899 Norwich Festival and first performed by Dame Clara Butt, Sea Pictures is Elgar’s only song cycle with orchestra. Tonight’s soloist, Hannah Pedley, is a rising international star.

Saturday 29 March 2014 – Ely Cathedral

£20/£15/£10 (reserved), £5 (unreserved)
Concessions: £10 in £15 seats
Family tickets: £25/20 to include one adult and up to two children; £45/35 to include two adults and up to three children.

Tickets available from:
Ely Cathedral Box Office
Tel: 01353 660349
Email: box.office@cathedral.ely.anglican.org

Ely Sinfonia enquiries:
Tel: 07798 826880 or 01353 721007
Email: publicity@elysinfonia.co.uk
Website: www.elysinfonia.co.uk

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