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Edward Elgar

Celebrating 160 years since the birth of Edward Elgar

2017 celebrates 160 years since the birth of Edward Elgar, and there are many ways to celebrate the anniversary of the county's most famous composer in Worcestershire!

  • Worcester City will be holding an Elgar Festival starting on the composer’s birth date 2 - 11 June.
  • The Elgar Birthplace Museum will reopen in spring, run by the National Trust which is a hugely popular attraction for the county.
  • Visitors can see where Elgar got his inspiration for The Dream of Gerontius while walking around the grounds of Spetchley Park Gardens.
  • For the slightly more adventurous take a bike ride around the Malvern Hills which Elgar enjoyed as a pastime.
  • Worcester City and Malvern Hills District Councils have created an Elgar Route for those who want to follow the sights by vehicle.
  • With links over the border in Herefordshire, take time to visit Hereford Cathedral and see the Elgar statue in Cathedral Close.
We will be updating this page regularly with more details, so please keep checking back.



2-11 June 2017

Elgar Festival 2017

Land of Hope & Glory - Elgar Festival

Worcester recognises arguably its’ most famous citizen and undoubtedly Britain’s most famous composer, Sir Edward Elgar. A festival of events will be taking place including concerts, walks & talks, exhibitions of rare Elgar memorabilia and much more.

This is your chance to come and immerse yourself in the life and times of Elgar in the city he called home. You can visit places he lived, take in the famous venues he played as well as exploring the wider county on the Elgar Trail.