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.

Those who have purchased tickets to the Elgar Festival Gala Concert, are invited to join us, free of charge, for a behind-the-scenes conversation with guest speakers Donald Fraser- visiting composer and J.P.E Harper Scott – Professor of Music History and Theory – Royal Holloway University, Author. Hosted in The Hall at Royal Porcelain Works on Saturday 1st June 6pm-7pm, with spaces limited to 140, allocated on a first come, first served basis, before heading over to the Cathedral for the concert at 7:30pm.

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Those who have purchased tickets to the Elgar Festival Gala Concert, are invited to join us, free of charge, for a behind-the-scenes conversation with guest speakers Donald Fraser- visiting composer and J.P.E Harper Scott – Professor of Music History and Theory – Royal Holloway University, Author.

Spaces for the pre-concert conversation are limited to 140, allocated on a first come, first served basis, with no pre-booking available.

Hosted in The Hall at Royal Porcelain Works on Saturday 1st June 6pm-7pm.

The talk is from 6pm-7pm, before heading over to the Cathedral for the concert at 7:30pm.

Spaces are limited to 140, allocated on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately The Hall is unable to accommodate more seats than this.

Those who have purchased tickets to the Elgar Festival Gala Concert, are invited to join us, free of charge, for a behind-the-scenes conversation with guest speakers Donald Fraser- visiting composer and J.P.E Harper Scott – Professor of Music History and Theory – Royal Holloway University, Author.

Spaces for the pre-concert conversation are limited to 140, allocated on a first come, first served basis, with no pre-booking available. Unfortunately The Hall is unable to accommodate more seats than this.

There are no dress code expectations for the talk.

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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  • The Foyer
  • June 1, 2019
  • Saturday, 6:00PM to 7:00PM

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Saturday, 6:00PM to 7:00PM
June 1, 2019

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June 1, 2019

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