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Great British Composers: From Elgar to Adès

Past display archive
27 April - 12 December 2010

Room 31 case display


The twentieth century saw remarkable achievements in classical music in Britain. This display comprises over thirty photographs of renowned British composers who, collectively, define a great modern tradition.   Beginning with Elgar, whose music has links with nineteenth century Romanticism, the display traces a trajectory linking Delius, Vaughan Williams and Walton to more recent developments represented by the music of Birtwistle, Turnage and Ades. The display coincides with the BBC Proms, one of the world’s most celebrated musical festivals. 

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