...in addition to this, I have letters from twenty different women who, when young, sang Elgar's music in choirs or played it the ordhestra when conducted by the composer, or when the composer was present. and all these women write of how Elgar insisted they wear navy blue knickers and that his walking stick could be used as a means to inspect that this was so. When these twenty women wrote to me in the early 1960s they lived as far a part as Cornwall and Thirsk, Newfoundland and New Zealand and their united testimony cannot be gainsaid. Furthermore, my great uncle , Sir Ivor Atkins , also recalled this perversion...
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This very same "perversion" was rife at the C of E girls school I once attended. In this instance the inspection was performed by a gaggle of eccentric senior staff who would then separate the non-conformists and set about them with ridicule and mirth. Happy days...
Posted by Nora at August 3, 2004 04:19 PM
though no walking stick was involved.
Posted by boynton at August 3, 2004 11:15 PM