The Elgar Sinfonia of London

Championing British Music in the Heart of London

The Elgar Sinfonia of London

 “The trees are singing my music, or have I sung theirs?” Sir Edward Elgar

The Elgar Sinfonia has been formed to realise the long standing desire of conductor Adrian Brown to conduct Elgar and other composers close to his heart with a single artistic vision. Lesser known works of Elgar and Berlioz in particular will be performed alongside great and popular works of the British repertory.

We are thrilled to announce that our conductor Adrian Brown received the Elgar Medal in 2020 which was presented to him by Anthony Payne on behalf of the Elgar Society at our March concert just before lockdown! 

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Conductor Adrian Brown
Leader: Ellen Gallagher

ELGAR WAND OF YOUTH SUITE, IN THE SOUTH, NURSERY SUITE and SEA PICTURES with soloist Diana Moore
Featured Review by Edward Clark,
Musical Opinion, March 2020
This concert, given by the Elgar Sinfonia of London, conducted by Adrian Brown and given on Sunday 8 March at St John’s Church, Waterloo, received a capacity audience when a small one could have been expected due to the coronavirus situation. The reason for such enthusiasm was the welcome recognition of Brown’s Elgarian credentials through his being awarded the Elgar Medal at the end of the concert. To reinforce the award Brown ended the concert with a heartfelt performance of the Third Symphony by Elgar elaborated by Anthony Payne. It was Payne who made the award and both musicians can be thanked for allowing sketches left by Elgar to be used and performed for such a successful endeavour, both through the score and the performance. The orchestra warmed to its task by projecting the music with real purpose, through four movements all put together from varying degrees of sketches for a Third Symphony left unfinished by Elgar. Brown produced both effulgent tone when needed in the more ceremonial moments and the warmest, softest sounds in places that now exist in all their grandeur in this near miraculous score. From the other end of Elgar’s life, the concert opened in full noblimente style with the Imperial March composed in 1897. It allowed the orchestra to begin the concert with full-hearted enthusiasm. Brown often revives English works that have dropped out of fashion. No better description can be made of the Piano Concerto by John Ireland; once a favourite of performers and audiences, this highly emotional (think Rachmaninov in places) concerto received a suitably virtuoso performance from Rustam Khanmurzin who played it from memory. Despite our national woes this concert lifted the spirits for all who were there to pay tribute to one of Great Britain’s finest conductors and composers.
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by Anon on Elgar Sinfonia of London

An absolutely transcendent Elgar Cello Concerto. The soloist sounded like he was improvising it as he went along, and Adrian's super-responsive conducting gave the impression that the orchestra improvised their responses. I heard so many new things. Truly remarkable.

by T&A Hardy on Elgar Sinfonia of London

Congratulations to Adrian and all concerned with last Sunday's event.
It was a huge success and hopefully the first of many.

by Dwight Pil-Gray on Elgar Sinfonia of London

Great Concert - Congratulations Adrian Brown and the Orchestra, it was a fabulous evening!

by Malcolm on Elgar Sinfonia of London

Thoroughly enjoyed this concert, really exceptional quality and most enjoyed the variety of colour Adrian Brown was able to draw out of the orchestra. We go to a great number of concerts in London due to our daughter being a player, so we have a lot to compare it to - this was absolutely a stand out concert of the year and we feel privileged to have witnessed it. Thankyou!