Ninety-year-old Elgar manuscript discovered

Posted on: February 15, 2012

A report Tuesday (2/14) on the BBC News site states, “An Edward Elgar manuscript dating back nearly 90 years has been discovered in a council building in Leicestershire. Staff found the musical score while clearing out a storage room at Charnwood Borough Council’s headquarters in Loughborough. The piece had been commissioned to accompany the opening of a bell tower in the town’s Queen’s Park in 1923. Letters from the composer and a film reel, believed to be of the tower being opened, were also found. Officers had been clearing out old files when they found a dusty unmarked folder containing the handwritten manuscript. Titled Carillon Chimes, notes reveal the short piece had been prepared for the opening of the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park. The film reel, which has been sent away for experts to examine, is believed to contain footage of the tune being rung out during the tower’s opening on 22 July 1923. The items were originally donated to the council in the 1950s.”

Posted February 15, 2012