Anglo-Turkish Society

In June 21, 2012 the author of Dr Emre Aracı gave a lecture on 'Elgar in Turkey', with recital, hosted at the Turkish Ambassador's residency, London. "Glorious sunrise & minarets of Stamboul began to come thro the mist - wonderful wonderful" wrote Sir Edward Elgar in his diary on the day he arrived in Istanbul on 25 September 1905. Over a century later, Turkish music historian and composer Dr Emre Araci traces Elgar's eight-day sojourn in Istanbul and Izmir with readings from his little-known autograph diary which he kept during his first and what was to become the only visit to Turkey. A fascinating insight into the great composer's impressions of the Orient, the diary further reveals the details of an informal concert at the British Embassy in Tarabya where Elgar accompanied on the piano a selection of songs from his Sea Pictures. Based on the repertoire of that historic concert, a mini recital accompanies Dr Aracı's lecture, which also includes In Smyrna, inspired by Elgar's visit to a mosque in Izmir.
Programme: Sea Pictures, Op. 37 'In Haven', 'Where Corals Lie'; Salut d'Amour, Op. 12, In Smyrna (1905) - Clare Presland: mezzo-soprano, Emre Engin: violin, Donat Bayer Berköz: piano.

From left to right: Emre Engin, The Turkish Ambassador Ünal Çeviköz and his wife Emel Çeviköz, Clare Presland, Dr Emre Aracı.
Click for a segment of Emre Aracı’s lecture.