Elgar Festival 2018

At various venues in Worcester, including the Cathedral and Guildhall, and at Elgar’s Birthplace: The Firs, Lower Broadheath.

The festival, which has the official endorsement of the City of Elgar’s birth – Worcester, features symphonic, chamber and choral concerts, spoken word and exhibits. with Kenneth Woods assuming the role of Artistic Director and the English Symphony Orchestra becoming Orchestra-in-Residence.

Held during the weekend closest to Elgar’s birthdate (2nd June 1857), the Festival combines orchestral, chamber, vocal and choral concerts with exhibits and lectures to celebrate the life and music of Sir Edward Elgar at various venues in his hometown of Worcester.

The Elgar Festival brings together leading local arts and educational organisations with an array of internationally renowned guest artists, placing the music of Worcester’s most famous son alongside that of his contemporaries and some of today’s leading composers and arrangers.


Friday 1st June

Lumby Recital Room, Elgar School of Music, 16-20 Deansway, Worcester WR1 2ES
Elgar in Song
Erika Mädi Jones soprano
Wilhelm Theunissen tenor
Janine Parsons piano
Students of the Elgar School of Music

Elgar’s Birthplace, The Firs, Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire WR2 6RH
Pomp and Poetry Too: A presentation of Elgar’s music together with a selection of poems read by actor, playwright and Elgar Society member Peter Sutton.

Saturday 2nd June

Worcester Guildhall, High St, Worcester WR1 2EY
String Quartet Coffee Concert with Zoë Beyers and Friends
Edward Elgar arr. David Matthews Sospiri (world premiere)
David Matthews String Quartet No. 6
Elgar String Quartet

Abbot’s Kitchen, The Old Palace, Deansway, Worcester WR1 2JE
The Elgar Society Presents the bi-annual A.T. Shaw Lecture: “Elgar’s Voices”
David Matthews composer / speaker

Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA
Elgar Festival Gala Concert
Elgar Introduction and Allegro
Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto in A minor for Oboe and Strings (Nicholas Daniel oboe)
Elgar arr. Donald Fraser Songs for Strings
Elgar arr. David Matthews String Quartet
Kenneth Woods conductor
English String Orchestra

Sunday 3rd June

The Firs, Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcs. WR2 6RH
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry arr. Piers Maxim Three Shakespeare Songs
Elgar Two Part-songs
Elgar Sonatina in G Major Piers Maxim organ
Parry Selections from Songs of Farewell
Elgar They are at rest
Arthur Sullivan The Long Day Closes
Charles Villiers Stanford The Blue Bird
The Elgar Chorale
Piers Maxim conductor and organist

Web link for more info: http://elgarfestival.org

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