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About the Elgar Festival

The Elgar Festival is the official celebration of the life and music of Edward Elgar, based in his home town of Worcester with activities spanning Elgar Country.

Held annually during the weekend closest to his 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, 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.

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Saturday 2nd June 2018- English String Orchestra Festival Gala Concert in Worcester Cathedral

Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto anchor this electrifying gala programme with soloist Nicholas Daniel and conductor Kenneth Woods.

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Afternoon Concert with Zoë Beyers and Friends

Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at 16:30 AM
Huntingdon Hall, CrownGate, Worcester WR1 2ES

String Quartet Coffee Concert with Zoë Beyers and Friends

Elgar arr. David Matthews- Sospiri (WORLD PREMIERE)
David Matthews- String Quartet no. 6
Elgar- String Quartet

The Elgar Festival celebrates David Matthews at 75 as part of "Matthews in the Midlands" with this string quartet concert including Elgar's String Quartet, which will be heard in Matthews' hugely acclaimed version for String Orchestra in the festival's gala concert and Matthews' on Sixth String Quartet, a work of profound beauty. The concert opens with a new transcription of Elgar's Sospiri for string quartet, made for this occasion by David Matthews. ESO Leader and acclaimed soloist Zoë Beyers leads this Festival string quartet programme

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