On 20 June 2020 the Elgar Society presented its first ever virtual meeting in response to the Corona virus pandemic. All Society members were invited to view a specially compiled presentation entitled “Elgar and the Gramophone”. It was written and presented by Peter Newble, who played many of Elgar’s original recordings, interspersing them with pictures, film and a commentary explaining how the technology developed prior to and during Elgar’s recording career and the background to many of the records he made. Following the presentation, Peter fielded questions from members who were able to log in to a question and answer session. Not only did this new initiative enable members across the UK to meet electronically, if not in person, but also allowed overseas members to join what may have been their first ever Elgar Society meeting. Due to the success of the event, the Society is planning a short series of on line meetings to run whilst the current emergency continues. These will be announced as they become available and should there be a demand, the Society will consider extending the programme to run alongside regular branch meetings.
Meetings go on line
June 30, 2020