Elgar Society News

Timothy Day gives the 2019 Elgar Lecture

The Elgar Lecture at this year’s Three Choirs Festival was given by Society member Timothy Day.  His subject was Elgar and English Cathedral Music.  Having spent many years working at the National Sound Archive, Timothy was able to bring his

The Elgar Festival celebrates 100 years of the Cello Concerto

Worcester Cathedral was host to the 100th anniversary performance of Elgar’s iconic Cello Concerto.  A rapt audience was treated to an outstanding rendering of the Concerto given by the English Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kenneth Woods, with soloist Raphael Wallfisch.

The Elgar Society marks the passing of Martin Bird

The Funeral of Martin Bird, the author and compiler of several volumes of Elgar’s collected letters, will take place at the end of May 2019.  Martin was a long term member of the Society and served as the editor of

Elgar for Everyone. The 2019 Elgar Festival takes shape

The 2019 Elgar Festival takes place in Worcester from May 30 to June 2.  This year the Festival features a variety of attractions ranging from exhibitions to concerts, taking in talks, recitals and choral events.  To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the

David Young receives the Certificate of Merit

Retiring Membership Secretary, David Young, has been presented with the Society’s Certificate of Merit in recognition of his long service to the Society in this role.  Over a  number of years, David has overseen the maintenance of the membership database during

Donald Hunt OBE dies aged 88

Dr Donald Hunt OBE died at the age of 88 at his home in Worcester on 4 August 2018. Born in Gloucester, Dr Hunt became a widely regarded organist, conductor, speaker and writer on music. Having served as a chorister

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.  Together with the National Trust and the Elgar Society, the Festival committee present

Richard Smith receives the Certificate Merit

The retiring editor of the Elgar Society News has received the Society’s Certificate of Merit.  At a time when the production of the News was threatened Richard, together with Ernie Kay, agreed to take over the publication not as editor,

Chris Bennet awarded the Certificate of Merit

Anyone who knows the Elgar Birthplace Museum will have come across Chris Bennett. After many years of service, Chris has decided to move on in order to explore other avenues. His advice and encyclopaedic knowledge of all matters Elgarian will

Presentation at St. George’s, Worcester

During the concert of Elgar’s Church Music given by Elgar Voices, directed by Donald Hunt and in the presence of the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, a signed photograph of Sir Edward Elgar bequeathed to the Society by