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The Elgar Festival

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

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