Edward Elgar 1857 - 1934, famous for his Enigma and Land of Hope and Glory, was the untutored son of a piano tuner. Through intuitive mastery of writing for the symphony orchestra and much else, he changed the face of English music and came to be counted among its noblest composers.
This illustrated lecture, with musical extracts, traces his formative years as the Three Choirs Festivals of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester and evaluates his life and far-reaching achievment.
Denis Moriarty is a former BBCtv Music and Arts producer, who more recently has lectured and led many cultural tours at home and abroad. He has lived in Shepherd's Bush for over 40 years and in 2015, along with local friends, created KOFMA of which he was the founding Festival Director.