Sir Edward Elgar
1st Baronet

Other names: Edward William[F76]


Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, 1933 (UK)[F76]
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, 1928 (UK)[F76]
Order of Merit, 1911 (UK)[P17]
Knight, 1904 (UK)[P17]
Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium (Belgium)[P17]
Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music[P17]
Honorary Master of Arts, Birmingham[P17]
Honorary Doctor of Laws, W. University Pennsylvania, 1907[P17]
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Aberdeen, 1906[P17]
Honorary Freeman of the City of Worcester, 1905[P17]
Honorary Doctor of Music, Yale, 1905[P17]
Honorary Doctor of Music, Oxford, 1905[P17]
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Leeds, 1904[P17]
Honorary Doctor of Music, Durham, 1904[P17]
Honorary Doctor of Music, Cambridge, 1900[P17]

Positions Held

Master of the King's Music, 1924[P17]


Composer, and conductor.[F76]
Of Broadheath, co. Worcester.[P17]
Musically, he was self-educated, and he taught himself to play the violin.[F76]
Desired to become a musician, but found work as a clerk in a solicitor's office, 1872, for a year, and then worked in his father's shop, 'Elgar Bros.'.[F76]
Composed his first song 'The Language of Flowers' in 1872.[F76]
Made his name with his Imperial March for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee and the patriotic cantata The Banner of St George in 1897, and began to gain considerable international recognition with his cantata Caractacus in 1898.[F76]
Became the greatest composer to arise in England since the death of Purcell in 1695.[F76]

Place of birth: The Firs, Broadheath, Worcestershire[F76]
Place of baptism: St George's Roman Catholic Church, Worcester[F76]
Place of marriage: Brompton Oratory, London[F76]
Place of death: Worcester, Worcestershire[J92]



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