Video: Elgar conducts Elgar

As Michael Francis conducts Pacific Symphony in its first performances of Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share this historical film of Elgar himself conducting the “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 1.

The occasion is the opening of the Abbey Road Studios in London on November 12, 1931. The words of Elgar at the beginning: “Good morning gentlemen. Glad to see you all. Very light program this morning. Please play this tune as though you’ve never heard it before.”

2 thoughts on “Video: Elgar conducts Elgar

  1. Well, it’s about time an Elgar symphony is performed by the Pacific Symphony and his 1st is one of my favorite symphonies from all composers. Sure wish my wife and I could have heard this one (as well as others by British composers) performed by the PSO when we lived in SoCal.
    Paul

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