Sir Edward Elgar royalties supporting Moorfields.

This month it’s 160 years since the birth of Sir Edward Elgar, Britain’s best loved composer of “Pomp and Circumstance Marches” fame. His great niece Mary Elgar, who was a music teacher herself, generously left her estate to Moorfields when she died in 2004.  The estate continues to receive royalties.  Sir Edward died in 1934 and so copyright in most of his works expired 75 years later in 2009.  But Moorfields Eye Charity continues to receive smaller payments from royalties on works which were left unfinished at the time Elgar’s death but which have since been completed. The payments go towards funding research by Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London which helps find better ways to treat or prevent visual impairment.