Music at The Firs

Coln Music Group playing at the opening

There is no doubting Elgar’s musical genius. He believed ‘there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require’.

Growing up as a child at Lower Broadheath he was constantly surrounded by music, in the family home and in his father’s shop, and throughout his life he immersed himself in musical performance.

This is our wish for his birthplace, to fill the property and gardens with the joyous sounds of live music, music in all its forms from cello to dulcimer. 

Our emerging programme has got off to a fantastic start with the development of an innovative residency with Volante Strings.

Members of the group perform in various ensembles or as soloists in our performance space or in the beautifully tranquil cottage garden to surprise and delight our visitors. 

We have an active calendar of performances at the Firs, please have a look at our events page to see what might take your fancy.

Corinne Frost at The Firs

Corinne Frost, professional cellist and Musical Director of Volante Strings, is coming to play a selection of Elgar pieces and other English music around the Birthplace.

In December during a weekend of live music at the Firs, Corinne will be playing two sets on Saturday 16 December one at 11:30 and one at 12:15.  She will play a selection of Christmas themed music including; Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Walking in the Air, I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, The Christmas Alphabet, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and other favourites.

The Carice String Quartet

Monday 11 and 18 December from 11am to 1pm,  members of the Carice String Quartet will perform original and arranged Christmas themed music by English composers for: string quartet, violin and piano, cello and piano and voice and piano.

The Carice quartet are made up of Graham Longfils (Violin), Anita Porter (Violin), Dorthy Wilson-Longfils (Viola) and Caroline Nuttall (Cello).

Read about the Carice String Quartet here >>> (PDF / 0.3MB) download

Elgar and others - A selection of live music at the Firs

Friday 24th November 2017 from 11:15 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 13:15

Jennie Jone and Josie Bedford-Davies, members of Volante Strings will play a selection of Elgar compositions with a variety of other pieces .  Their aim is to enjoy playing and to share their enthusiasm for string music with their audiences.

They will be playing: Elgar;  Idylle, Pastourelle, Salut D'amour, Chanson de Matin, 6 easy pieces, Sospiri. - William Henry Reed - Green Willow, Ireland - Bagatelle, Carse - Minuet, Vaughan Williams - Greensleeves - Men of Harlech, Londonderry Air, Scotland the brave.

Lloyd webber - Memory, Any Dream will do, Lionel Bart - As long as He Needs me, Holst - Jupiter, Elgar- Nimrod.

On Sunday 17 December 2017 at 11:30 and 12:30 as part of a weekend of live music at the Firs, members of Volante Strings including; Jennie Jones, Josie Bedford-Davies, Victoria Lee and Amanda Salmon will be playing some Christmas themed music including; Howard Blake, The Snowman suite - Leroy Anderson, Sleigh ride - Gruber, Silent night   Torelli, Christmas concerto - Antioch ( possibly Handel ) Joy to the World - Bach, Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring - Ireland, Holy Boy - Tchaikovsky, Excerpts

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