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Unique Sir Edward Elgar letter discovered
Elgar experts
Sir Edward Elgar experts looking at Elgar memorabilia

The Elgar Birthplace Museum has discovered a letter dated "Thursday 25th, 1910" which was sent by Elgar to his publisher and concert agent Alfred Littleton, at Novello.

It was taken to an "Ask the Expert" event held at the museum, when members of the public were asked to take Elgar related items for experts to view.

It told of the arrangements for a new Elgar violin concerto performance.

The museum was able to take a copy of the letter for its growing collection.

The letter held particular interest to the museum as this year (2010) is the centenary of the first performance of the Violin Concerto.

Manuscript material of this great work can be seen on display in the museum.

Fascinating insight

Also of interest at the event was a Souvenir Brochure of the Sheffield Chorus 1911 concert tour to North America.

As well as having some famous signatures, the brochure provided experts at the museum with a fascinating insight into the travel arrangements, which were printed in great detail.

The owner said they hoped to leave the brochure to the museum, which will be an attractive addition to the collection.

The museum was also able to help a collector who brought in a biography of Mendelssohn with a signature which the experts believed was that of Elgar's uncle, Henry.

Cathy Sloan, Museum Director, said: "The afternoon was very successful and will be repeated in the future.

"Now is the time to have a look in the attic or go through the family papers to see if there is anything with an Elgar connection, so you can bring them to the next "Ask the Expert".

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