St John's C of E Primary School

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Edward Elgar


Sir Edward William Elgar,  (2 June 1857 - 23 February 1934) was thought of as one of the most famous English composers of his time.  He composed the 'Enigma Variations'. An enigma is a puzzle. The piece is a puzzle as he wrote a main tune, and then a series of variations on the tune. Each variation describes one of his friends, but he did not say which friends they were: he only put their initials or nickname at the top of each variation. This is why the piece is an enigma (a “puzzle” or “secret”). 

Pomp and Circumstance: Has the tune which is sung to the words “Land of Hope and Glory” and the audience always join in singing it at the Last night of the proms. His cello concerto is one of Mrs Hedges' favourite pieces. It is played here by Sheku Kanneh-Mason. He won the Young Musician of the year when he was 17 years old. 



Nimrod from Enigma variations 

March no 1 (Pomp and Circumstance) 

1st movement Cello concerto