Phillip Littlemore’s arrangement is sure to get the Union Jack flags waving for any patriotic occasion as it captures the essence and colour of Elgar’s masterful march perfectly – especially for any ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concerts.
Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 was completed in July 1901 although the ‘big tune’ actually dates from earlier in that same year. It was premiered in Liverpool by its dedicatees, he Liverpool Orchestral Society, in the 19th October. It was repeated in London a few days later by Henry Wood at the Promenade concerts and the result was sensational, the audience roared its applause, and refused to allow the concert to continue. If order to restore order, Wood conducted the march three times – the only time in the history of the Promenade concerts that an orchestral item was accorded a double encore in Wood’s lifetime.