Go­ing club­bing

BBC Music Magazine - - Elgar Birthplace -

Among the wide-rang­ing ex­hibits at The Firs are El­gar’s golf clubs (above) – weapons of sport­ing com­bat that, by most ac­counts, the com­poser wielded with lit­tle suc­cess on his var­i­ous vis­its to

The Worces­ter­shire Golf Club. On one oc­ca­sion, his wife Alice de­scribes in her di­ary how her beloved has come home de­jected from a par­tic­u­larly mis­er­able 18 holes while, in 1903, the mag­a­zine Punch took great plea­sure in imag­in­ing El­gar hit­ting a shot so way­ward that it flew right off the course and into a pass­ing train car­riage. Fore!

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