Sir Edward Elgar
‘The Composer’s Inspiration’
Bach (arr Elgar) Fantasia & Fugue in C Minor
Anthony Payne "Spring's Shining Wake"
Elgar (realized Payne) Symphony No. 3
The idea of this very colourful orchestration of Bach’s great organ work came from a meeting between Elgar and Richard Strauss. After the death of his wife in 1920, many believed that Elgar’s inspiration had faded. However, reviewing the sketches for Elgar’s unfinished last symphony, Anthony Payne found the music ‘leapt from the page’ for his acclaimed and deeply satisfying completion which he will be introducing at this concert. We celebrate Payne’s own 70th birthday with a performance of his serene work, which was inspired by Delius’s ‘In a Summer Garden’.