Sunday, 3 April 2016

#plaque366 Elgar at #AbbeyRoad

April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series

Edward Elgar – Abbey Road Studios, St John's Wood…

The man, without whom, the last night of the Proms would be a very different kettle of fish.

Opinion is divided over the Last Night of the Proms: some say it’s empty, jingoistic flag-waving; others that it’s a bit of fun and an excuse to be patriotic. Whichever side of the fence you stand, Land of Hope and Glory – from Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 – provides the finale that is famous the world over.

His plaque can be found in north London, on a building more popularly associated with four Liverpool-born musicians – EMI’s Abbey Road Studios. Elgar was filmed here for a Pathé newsreel in 1931, recording his Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 at the opening of that famous recording studio.

How to find the plaque…

With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.

To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!

Drop me a line at the usual address, leave a comment below, post on Facebook or Twitter with your all-time best London music recommendations.

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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