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19 October 2019, 09:00 | Updated: 23 October 2019, 10:31
On Sunday 27 October, Julian Lloyd Webber will present a special programme commemorating 100 years of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
On 27 October 1919, Elgar took to the stage at Queen’s Hall in London. And despite the disastrous premiere – the work was underrehearsed due to other items on the programme dominating the rehearsal schedule – he gave the world what has now become one of the most celebrated pieces of classical music.
Music in the air: 100 years of Elgar’s Cello Concerto is inspired by a quote from the great English composer himself, who once said:
“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.”
Music in the air: 100 years of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Julian Lloyd Webber will air on Classic FM on Sunday 27 October, from 5pm to 7pm.
The programme will include a rare insight into the work from someone who has a close connection to it.
Lloyd Webber, who was once dubbed the doyen of British cellists, has played the concerto countless times throughout his career. In 1987, Julian picked up a Brit Award for his recording of the concerto, which is still considered by many to be the best interpretation of Elgar’s great work.
Throughout the programme, we’ll showcase a rare recording featuring W.H. ‘Billy’ Reed – one of Elgar’s close friends, by whom Lloyd Webber’s mother was taught the violin.
Listen to Music in the air: 100 Years of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Julian Lloyd Webber on Sunday 27 October, from 5pm to 7pm.