£17.25 - £32.25

David Hill conductor

Tim Hugh cello

The Variations on an Original Theme resulted from Elgar’s habit of unwinding after a day’s work by improvising at the piano. On one such occasion a particularly memorable theme caught the attention of his wife and they played a game of metamorphosing it to take on the character of some of their friends, family and neighbours. They contain some of the most charming and deeply felt music Elgar ever penned. The Cello Concerto was Elgar’s final major work. The death of his beloved Alice six months after its premiere seems to have extinguished his creative spark.

Private and poignant, the music remains richly lyrical and noble with the solo cello in full focus. The Tallis melody that is the basis for Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia is one of nine he contributed to the Psalter of 1567 for the first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury. It is heard in its complete form three times and serves as the source for a wonderful miasma of variants and developments in this rich orchestral composition written for a large string orchestra divided into three parts. Although it is not specifically religious music, it seems to speak to the spirit.


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Group booking discount available:

10% discount for groups 10+
20% discount for groups 20+
30% discount for groups 30+

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Age: 14's and under to be accompanied by an 18+ adult


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