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ElgarWorks is also responsible for the publication of The Elgar Complete Edition, a 43-volume uniform edition covering the whole of Elgar's musical output. It is intended for both scholarly and practical use and aims to provide an authentic text of all the composer's surviving music, based on printed and manuscript sources and employing critical editorial principles. The 43 volumes are divided into six series, with each series being presented as far as practicable in broadly chronological order.

The publication of a complete edition of his works is arguably the greatest accolade a composer can hope for and the announcement by Novello in 1981 that they were to embark on the publication of a comprehensive uniform edition of all of Elgar's published music was met with universal acclaim by Elgarians. The first volumes, Symphony No.1 and the The Dream of Gerontius, appeared in 1981-82 and over the next ten years, 12 further volumes were published. Regrettably, the publication of a series such as this is not a commercially attractive venture, and in 1993 Novello withdrew from the project.

There were few further developments over the ensuing five years. However, in 2000, under the auspices of The Elgar Society, an editorial board was set up to resume the editing of future volumes. Sadly, despite the expressed intention to publish two new volumes a year, only two volumes appeared in the following five years. The solution was to bring all aspects of the production and distribution process in house, a change which was eventually completed in early 2007 by the founding of ElgarWorks with John Norris as General Manager, Prof. John Pickard (Bristol University) as General Editor and Paul Adrian Rooke as Chief Originator. The benefits of the new arrangement were immediately apparent, with two new volumes - Volume 37, Music for Violin and Volume 4, Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf - appearing in 2007, a third - Volume 22, Music for Powick Asylum - in August 2008 and two more -Volumes 19, The Starlight Express and 16, Solo Songs with Piano (1901-1934) - in 2010. Further volumes are now in preparation for publication by 2013. Sales also increased by 15% during 2007 and new fundraising methods were successfully trialled.

ElgarWorks also supports the music of other English composers. In particular the company sponsored The 2010 Rutland Boughton Festival, a weekend festival of Boughton’s music which took place in Hitchin in May 2010 and is delighted to sponsor the Chamber Music at Worcester Festival 2011.

For information about hiring or buying full scores, vocal scores and sets of instrumental parts of Elgar’s music, please contact:

Chris Bennett
The Elgar Birthplace Museum
Crown East Lane
Lower Broadheath
Worcester, WR2 6RH
Tel. - 01905 333224