A four-day music festival, headlined by the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) under the baton of Kenneth Woods, is to celebrate the music of Sir Edward Elgar in and around the city of his birth.
Running from May 30 to June 2, 2019 at the heart of this summer’s Elgar Festival is the composer’s evergreen Cello Concerto with renowned soloist Raphael Wallfisch and performed as part of a gala concert in Worcester Cathedral to mark the centenary of the composer’s final masterwork.
Inaugurated last year as a two-day event and immediately gaining ‘Critic’s Pick’ status in The Guardian and The Times, this year’s festival has now expanded to four days, with the intention to champion Elgar to as wide an audience as possible.
The gala evening on Saturday, June 1, also sees a first-time collaboration between the English Symphony Orchestra and Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir, for Donald Fraser’s acclaimed choral arrangement of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and Vaughan Williams’s beautiful visionary Symphony No.5.
Other festival concerts include performances from professional chamber choir The Proteus Ensemble, Elgar and Debussy sonatas from violin virtuoso Zoë Beyers and pianist Philip Moore, and a song recital featuring the original voice and piano version of Elgar’s Sea Pictures.