TO MY FRIENDS PICTURED WITHIN | alisonbutlermusic

Watching Dunkirk, I spotted the references to Elgar’s Nimrod fairly early, and found myself thinking about the piece and my associations with it.

On arriving home, a quick google established that it’s one of those pieces for many of us: it features on many top ten lists for funerals, weeping, and general somber-ness.

I first played the Enigma Variations in county youth orchestra, aged 18. What a great piece they are for that sort of ensemble, and how much I enjoyed exploring them! In mid-May, just before A Level exams began, we played a concert on a Sunday evening. A few days previously,…

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