A composer’s best friend

TALK Chairman of the Elgar Society southern branch John Kelly at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120046-997)
TALK Chairman of the Elgar Society southern branch John Kelly at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre. Picture: Sarah Standing (120046-997)

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CLASSICAL music lovers got a glimpse into the life of a famous composer at the weekend.

Members of the Elgar Society Southern Branch were given a talk on Alfred Rodewald, who was Edward Elgar’s best friend and founder of the Liverpool Orchestral Society.

The hour-long presentation on his life on Saturday was led by John Kelly, chairman of the southern branch of the Elgar Society, at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in Havant.Visitors discovered how Mr Rodewald was a cotton merchant prior to being a musician. He was born in Liverpool and lived between 1862 and 1903.

Mr Kelly said: ‘As part of our focus on English composer Edward Elgar I wanted to talk about his close friend Mr Rodewald. Not a lot was known about Mr Rodewald’s life until 10 years ago so it was great sharing new information with others.’