Sir Andrew Davis has been awarded the Elgar Society Medal, which was presented to him on 12 April at the Barbican in London before a performance of Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
The medal is the Elgar Society’s highest honour, and recognises ‘organisations, performers and scholars who have contributed significantly to the wider appreciation of Elgar and his music over a decade or longer’.
Previous awardees include conductors Leonard Slatkin, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Tadaaki Otaka, Andrew Litton, Sakari Oramo and Vladimir Ashkenazy, musicologists Barry Collett, Michael Kennedy and Jerrold Northrop Moore, and composer, writer and broadcaster Anthony Payne.
Helen Petchey, honorary secretary of the Elgar Society, made the presentation at the Barbican on behalf of the society’s executive committee. ‘The Elgar Society salutes Sir Andrew Davis for his contribution to Elgar’s rich legacy,’ she said. ‘He’s conducted numerous performances of Elgar works, notably the 1998 premiere of Anthony Payne’s realisation of Elgar’s Third Symphony.’
The medal citation also noted Sir Andrew’s acclaimed recordings of Elgar works, including rarities like the Crown of India masque and Starlight Express suites.
Formed in 1951 to encourage the study, performance and appreciation of the music of Sir Edward Elgar and to undertake research into his life and works, the Elgar Society brings members together at branch, national and international levels through meetings, lectures, recitals and visits, with members’ individual and collective research contributing significantly to a greater understanding of Elgar and his legacy.