Elgar Society presents 'One of the old school, solid, and good, and a gentleman' by Dr Jim Berrow

At Worcester Cathedral, between 1814 and 1950, there were only four incumbent organists and William Done served for 51 years. His pupil and successor, Hugh Blair, uncharacteristically survived for only two years.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Done (1815-95) lived through a period of great change in the social, liturgical, and musical conduct of the English cathedrals and had his fair share of difficulties with the Three Choirs Festivals, in particular an upset with Jenny Lind. The Elgar family regularly played for him and he provided generous access to the cathedral music library for the young Edward Elgar. This talk draws on many sources to paint a picture of the cathedral close in the second half of the nineteenth century.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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The Firs


General Admission
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.80 £8.00
Child £5.65 £5.10
Family £23.35 £21.20
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.60

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  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Please note under 5's are free entry


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
7 December 2019 14:30 - 16:30 Available

Contact Info

Kirsty Bothma
Call 01905333330

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