English violin virtuoso Albert Sammons was born on this day in 1886 – 131 years ago.
Largely a self-taught violinist, he is remembered particularly for his association with Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto – a work he championed, recorded twice and performed publicly more than 100 times.
Dying in 1957, he premiered a number of new works including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Phantasy’ String Quartet – and Frederick Delius’s Violin Concerto and Violin Sonata.
ALBERT SAMMONS | ELGAR VIOLIN CONCERTO | HENRY WOOD | NEW QUEEN’S HALL ORCHESTRA | 1929
ALBERT SAMMONS | DELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | MALCOLM SARGENT | LIVERPOOL PHILHARMPONIC | 1944