photos: Burnham Elgar Festival hits the right note with music
of classic music lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre
at the weekend for a two-day festival celebrating the work of
of England's greatest composers.
Burnham's University of the Third Age (U3A) and music lecturer
Julian Williamson joined forces to organise the Edward Elgar Weekend,
held on Saturday and Sunday (February 27th and 28th).
numbers of music enthusiasts packed The Princess to listen to
lectures and performances from Bristol String Quartet and Burnham
and Highbridge Brass Band.
The mornings consisted of illustrated talks, while the afternoon
sessions featured the composer's music.
Burnham band performed Elgars little-known work, the Severn
Suite, which he wrote specifically for brass. The band's director,
David Fisher, told the audience it had been the Burnham band's
"most challenging work to date."
U3A Chairman Jim Mallinson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There
has been lots of interest in this year's first festival, and we
fully intend to hold another event in 2011 with a different theme.
It's gone better than we'd hoped for - and we are very grateful
to Julian Williamson and Rod Winfield for their hard work behind
the scenes in organising it."
and Highbridge Brass Band performed Elgars little-known
String Quartet gave a perfect performance on Saturday afternoon
and Highbridge Brass Band's conductor during Sunday's festival
Williamson (centre) with Burnham U3A's Jim Mallinson and Ken Hindle