What is the Enigma of Elgar’s Enigma Variations? This question has perplexed and fascinated commentators since the music was composed over 120 years ago. Peter Dyke has transcribed the orchestral work for the organ, and performed and recorded it on the Father Willis instrument here at Hereford. He believes that much can be learned about Elgar’s personality through the fourteen musical portraits of his friends and family contained within the variations, and that this gives new insights into the nature of the elusive Enigma. In this illustrated lecture Peter will also play some musical excerpts to support his points.

Peter Dyke was organ scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge, and gained his FRCO in 1987. In 1998 he took up his current post as assistant director of music at Hereford Cathedral, where, as well as accompanying the daily services, he has played for the choir on its frequent broadcasts, tours and recordings. He founded and directs Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir, which has given world premieres at home Three Choirs Festivals and toured continental Europe.

This lecture is part of the Life & Learning progamme and will take place on Thursday 23 November at 7pm in College Hall. Tickets cost £10 and are available to purchase below.

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