Maestro Claus Efland shares his thoughts ahead of conducting Elgar’s First Symphony

20th April 2022

The Bardi Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Claus Efland has just returned from conducting concerts in Denmark and Romania. The latter included a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 which, giving the present worrying circumstances in neighbouring Ukraine, he said was ‘incredibly moving’.

He has now turned to preparing for the orchestra’s next concert on 15th May at De Montfort Hall and has shared his thoughts ahead of conducting an all-Elgar programme:

“Elgar is one of my favourite composers. I got to know his First Symphony during my time at the Royal College of Music and have conducted it many times since. The music is powerful, intense and incredibly beautiful. I am hugely looking forward to conducting the Bardi Symphony Orchestra in such a key work of English orchestral literature – it will be the first performance in the Bardi’s history”.

Almost exactly two years since it was originally programmed (for a concert in May 2020) the Orchestra’s players are eagerly looking forward to playing this wonderful work again. The orchestra last rehearsed the piece at a workshop day weeks before the first lockdown. Here is the finale to the Symphony performed at that workshop on 15th February 2020:

The Essence of Elgar

Featuring the Cello Concerto and Symphony No.1

Sunday 15 May at 3pm, De Montfort Hall

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