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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been elected President of the Elgar Society - the largest society in the world devoted to a single classical composer.
Lloyd Webber 's recording of Elgar's Cello Concerto , conducted by the legendary musician Yehudi Menuhin - who had himself worked with Elgar won a BRIT Award for Best British Classical Recording and was chosen by Elgar scholar Dr Jerrold Northrop Moore as 'the finest ever version' in BBC Music Magazine.
Formed in 1951, the Elgar Society has had three previous distinguished Presidents: Sir Adrian Boult, Yehudi Menuhin and the conductor Richard Hickox, who died last year.
At a reception held at Elgar's birthplace in Broadheath, Worcester, Lloyd Webber said; 'I am thrilled and honoured to accept the Presidency of the Elgar Society. Elgar's music has always been central to my life and I will do all that I can to continue bring his beautiful music to as many people as possible throughout the world.'
Julian Lloyd Webber will be performing Elgar's Cello Concerto on Tuesday 9 June with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, London and on Sunday 1 November 09 with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
3 June 2009