To mark the start of this years’ Elgar Festival, it seems only fitting that we would launch celebrations of the centenary of Britain’s most beloved Cello Concerto with a day unravelling the mysteries of this most human and majestic of instruments.

Young cellists from across Elgar Country gather with cellists of the English Symphony Orchestra, conductor and cellist Kenneth Woods and other guest clinicians for a day of cello masterclasses and workshops, culminating in a free cello ensemble performance at 4:00 PM.

It’s all free and open to the public, and while you’re here, you can play Elgar’s piano and have a coffee at The Nest.

To take part in the Cello Day, please contact: £35/cellist to take part, open to cellists of all abilities under the age of 19

2019 marks 100 years since the completion of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, one of the most beloved and admired works in classical music history.

The Elgar Festival celebrates this momentous occasion with a gala performance of the Cello Concerto by cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the English Symphony Orchestra, as part of an immersive and engaging schedule of festival events including talks, poetry readings, recitals, choral concerts, family events and more.

This is truly Elgar for Everyone!


The masterclass is aimed at young players, aged 19 or under to take part. Anyone is welcome to observe the class and enjoy the end performance at 4pm.

Young, already-learning cellists will bring their instruments for a day of masterclass sessions and informal performance.

Professional musicians from the ESO.

The masterclass is all day, from 10am-4pm, with a performance at the end of the class. Members of the public are invited to observe practice and encouraged to join us for the performance at 4pm.

Yes, there is an informal performance at the end, at 4pm.

Members of the public are welcome to observe the event throughout the day and there is no charge. Student participants cost is £35 and young players should register to take part at:

You will find Elgar’s piano within a ‘set’ of Elgar’s home, looking as it would have done in the composers own home, located in The Foyer at Royal Porcelain Works, next to Nest Worcester, opposite the Museum of Royal Worcester.

To find Royal Porcelain Works, if you are using sat nav, enter postcode: WR1 2NE for the most accurate location or visit our website to view all nearby car parks.

The Elgar Festival is for Everyone! It is a celebration of Worcester’s most famous musical son set in his home town and surrounds. With a legacy of music to stir the soul and inspire every heart, Elgar is for YOU! Our developing range of events are for people of all ages, interests, and lifestyles … come along and join the Festival fun!

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, Henry Sandon Hall, The Royal Porcelain Works, 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 in 2018 offered a diverse array of events in Worcester and was a Critic’s Pick in both The Guardian and The Times. In 2019, the festival expands to four dayas and incorporates an ambitious programme of concerts, workshops and recitals alongside a wide range of educational activities and community projects.

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Cello Masterclass and Performance

The Foyer, (next to The Hall), Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Thursday, 10:00AM to 4:00PM
30th May 2019


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Cello Masterclass and Performance

The Foyer, (next to The Hall), Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Thursday, 10:00AM to 4:00PM
30th May 2019