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The Life of Elgar in words and music

Elgar may be England’s most famous composer. But what was he really like? This exciting production celebrates his life through his own rarely heard words and exclusive live performances of his music by the Veracini Ensemble.

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Was Elgar the stereotypical patriotic character of his day, who wrote ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Nimrod’, or something much more than that?

Find out on 10 March in this fascinating production which includes live musical performances by the Veracini Ensemble, narration by Elgar expert Richard Westwood-Brookes and readings of Elgar’s own words to accompany the story.

Hear about Elgar’s desperate struggles to succeed while always believing he was judged second rate through being self taught and from a humble background; his heartbreak at lost love; the ‘demons’ which relentlessly tortured his mind; the vicious attacks he suffered from the academic establishment; the remarkable woman whose lifelong devotion and sacrifice finally made him the great composer he became; and the tragedy of her death leaving him so stunned that he never again completed a great work. A life that was certainly troubled to the very end.

Along with live music by the talented Veracini Ensemble this intimate event is one not to be missed.

Find out the truth about Elgar on 10 March at The Firs (Elgar’s Birthplace) Lower Broadheath, nr Worcester. Two performances: 11.30am and 2pm. Ticket prices: £8.



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Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Meeting point

The Firs visitor reception.


Designated mobility parking in main car park. Wheelchair access to visitor centre and garden - The event takes place in the visitor centre. Accessible toilet located in visitor centre. Limited wheelchair access to the birthplace cottage.

Upcoming events


An introductory talk on Elgar 

Elgar biographer and author Richard Westwood-Brookes will be making special  appearances  at The Firs to give his popular 'Insights' talks .

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1 Mar to 24 Mar 2024
12:00 to 12:30
+ 27 other dates or times

An Audience with Corinne 

Listen to cellist Corinne Frost playing cello music by British composers including Elgar. Corinne will also take music requests (classical or not) and might even create a sound portrait for you.

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9 Mar to 14 Dec 2024
11:30 to 12:15
+ 5 other dates or times

Easter Adventures at The Firs 

This spring, treat the whole family to a world of adventure at The Firs on an Easter trail.

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29 Mar to 8 Apr 2024
10:00 to 16:30
+ 7 other dates or times