Elizabeth Maconchy

“one of the most substantial composers these islands have yet produced.” Martin Anderson, The Independent Need convincing? Listen to this… Also, this week, a chance to explore the Four Ritual Dances from Tippett’s opera The Midsummer Marriage: Earth in Autumn, Waters in Winter, Air in Spring Fire in Summer Course materials: Elizabeth Maconchy Cycle of […]

Large, regal glare

The perfect moustachioed, be-gloved and waist-coated late Victorian gentleman? Maybe, but there are many things about Elgar that don’t fit that particular stereotype. Self-taught, the son of a shop keeper and set apart from Protestant England by his Catholicism, he never fully shared in the confidence that Britain’s imperial majesty had bestowed on its middle […]