"During tea, Elgar contrasted my position at Zedelghem favourably with his 1st job as a musical director at a lunatic asylum in Worcestershire."
Edward Elgar, pictured in 1901
Public DomainEdward Elgar, pictured in 1901

Edward Elgar did indeed work as a bandmaster at the 'Worcester County Pauper and Lunatic Asylum' in Powick, a village located between Malvern and Worcester. The forward thinking board members believed music to have a therapeutic effect on the residents. He was appointed to the position in 1879, for which he received an annual salary of £32, plus an additional five shillings (25 pence) for every polka or quadrille composed. He would often scare off sycophants by opening sentences with "When I was at the Lunatic Asylum..."