After a recent survey revealed how little the British knew about their cultural history, Chris Osborne tried to discover whether we really do know our Elgars from our elbows...
He was born in a small Worcestershire village in 1857, has written the British musical classic Pomp and Circumstance and later became a Knight of the Realm.
Indeed, with a CV like that Sir Edward Elgar should be recognised as one of the greatest cultural institutions this country has ever produced.
Yet more than half the country cannot even identify the composer as British - let alone from the Midlands.
It would seem that most of the nation regard Elgar as either German or Austrian, when in fact he was born in Lower Boradheath just outside Worcester.
Before you Google 'Sir Edward Elgar' to validate his nationality, it might be worth simply checking a #20 note. Sir Edward will be the mustachioed man on the reverse of the note, not the lady donning the crown and earrings.
After a recent survey highlighted how little Britain knows about its cultural and historical figures, it is worth considering our paper money and the great and the good who adorn them.
What about a #5 note? Who is the lady peering out at you from the hazy blue paper? Florence Nightingale perhaps? In fact it is Norfolk's Elizabeth Fry, one of the earliest prominent female reformers in England.
Try it on your friends and family. Do they know Charles Darwin adorns the #10 note? Bonus points for those who can name what he is famous for. As for the #50 note - for those of you who haven't got a couple handy - it features Sir John Houblon. His claim to fame? He was the first Governor of the Bank of England - maximum points to anyone who correctly identified him.
Elgar is not the only classical musician to fall victim to ignorance however. Sky channel Artsworld's survey also revealed that almost half of the nation could not locate Beethoven's country of birth while few were able to name Mozart as the composer of The Marriage of Figaro.
Perhaps not surprising considering only a third of the population have been to the opera or a classical music concert in the past five years while 90 per cent of us have only been once in our lives.
We may live in a world saturated by pop culture and 'celebrity' but is there any excuse for our lack of cultural knowledge?
In Birmingham alone there is enough high-brow culture to last a lifetime with Symphony Hall, The Rep and the Hippodrome to name but a few churning out a constant flow of quality productions and the city's art galleries have never been busier.
But despite all this, it is still EastEnders over Othello every time.
That said, for all our worship at the altar of the modern 'celebrity' and its intriguing sideshows, there are very few of today's crop who would make tomorrow's history books or grace the reverse of a #20 note.
Sir Edward, on the other hand, has secured his place in the annals of time - be they English, Austrian or German.