The Firs Elgar Festival 2018

The Firs Elgar Festival 2018

The Elgar Festival is the official celebration of the life and music of Edward Elgar, based in his home town of Worcester with activities spanning Elgar Country.

The Festival brings together the full gamut of leading musical and educational organisations across Worcestershire with a starry array of internationally renowned guest artists.

Held annually during the weekend closest to Elgar’s birthday (2 June 1857), the festival combines symphonic and string orchestra concerts by the festival’s orchestra-in-residence, the English Symphony Orchestra, with chamber concerts, choral concerts, recitals, outdoor concerts, plays, exhibits and talks. Venues for the festival include Worcester Cathedral, Huntingdon Concert Hall, the Elgar Birthplace, Worcester Guildhall and the Elgar School of Music. The Festival brings together the full gamut of leading musical and educational organisations across Worcestershire with a starry array of internationally renowned guest artists.

The first annual festival offers a diverse array of events in Worcester from 1-3 June, 2018. In 2019, the festival expands to a full week and incorporates an ambitious programme of symphonic and cantata concerts, theatrical productions and chamber concerts alongside a wide range of educational activities and community projects.

In years where the Three Choirs Festival takes place in Worcester, the Elgar Festival will take to the road, celebrating Elgar’s legacy across Elgar Country, with concerts in historically significant venues in London, Birmingham, Malvern, Hereford and Gloucester.

Sir Edward Elgars study exhibit
Elgars study exhibit at the Firs
Sir Edward Elgars study exhibit

We have two performances forming part of the festival at The Firs.

Friday 1 June at 7:30pm a talk 'Elgar's 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. This compilation by Stella and Stuart Freed contains music and poetry both familiar and unfamiliar.  Full details here.

Sunday 3 June at 3pm - The Elgar Chorale with Piers Maxim Conductor and organist.  Full details here.

Download the full programme brochure here

For full details of the Festival visit their website