Sir Edward Elgar with London Symphony Orchestra play 'Land of Hope & Glory' (Pomp & Circumstance.)
Titles read: "Pathetone Weekly has pleasure in presenting a camera glance at The Master of the King's Musick." Sir Edward Elgar BART, OM, KCVO with the London Symphony Orchestra in "Land of Hope and Glory" - filmed in the HMV Studio in London."
L/S of orchestra. Elgar walks up stairs to the conductor's podium. M/S of Elgar with his back to the camera. The orchestra applaud him and tap their bows on their fiddles. He speaks to the orchestra and says something along the lines of: "Please play this tune as if you've never heard it before."
C/U of a sound technician getting ready to record the performance. He picks up a telephone and says: "Are you all ready? Right."
C/U of Elgar conducting. L/S of the orchestra being conducted. Various shots of the orchestra and Elgar as they perform a rousing rendition of the classic patriotic song 'Land of Hope and Glory' (this performance does not include the full 'Pomp and Circumstance' piece). Elgar sits down after the final note.
Note: the HMV studio is now Abbey Road studios apparently. I think this could be around the time of the actual inauguration of the studios in 1931 - if so, this is an even more important historical film than we previously thought! (SL)
See also PT 144 for Adrian Boult conducting the same piece of music. Duplicate of this film also to be found in Turns Can 17 (film id 2903.01) - but sound is very distorted so use PT version on this record.
There is now a new Mag Track with improved sound taken from a new DAT. Mag Track is with the original mute and track in the PT vault.
NOTE: It has been claimed that this film is the only known surviving clip of Elgar conducting 'Land of Hope & Glory' (Pomp & Circumstance)