Birstall and Rothley’s Elgar Day is a great success
A capacity audience of 45 music lovers had a great day learning more about Sir Edward Elgar and his music, at an event organised by Birstall and Rothley Branch on Saturday 9th March. Elgar expert Barry Collett took his listeners on a musical journey through Elgar’s life, including along the way some little known gems, one of which was researched and rescued by Barry himself. Branch Chair Marion Vincent told us “I had heard Barry speak elsewhere and was determined that I would get him to Rothley.” Barry has been awarded the Elgar Medal, the highest honour of the Elgar Society, for his work in researching and performing Elgar’s lesser known works. He founded the Rutland Sinfonia Orchestra, and is an author, pianist, musicologist and lecturer. It’s no surprise, then, that his audience clearly felt that they could have had no better guide to Elgar and his music.
The event was marketed to include people not currently involved with WEA, and was supported by a grant from the Regional Development Fund. About three quarters of those present had either not studied with WEA before, or not for at least the last three years, so it was very successful in getting WEA noticed by potential new students. Marion and her committee had WEA brochures and a welcoming and informative letter on every seat, and were happy to give further information over tea and coffee.
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