Welcome to the Elgar Chorale

Members of the Chorale at Croome Court
Members of the Chorale at Croome Court

Founded in 1980 the Elgar Chorale is one of the leading chamber choirs in the West Midlands. We are a mixed voice choir of about 40 singers, many of us professional musicians, based in Worcester. We have a busy and varied programme of concerts taking place around Worcestershire and beyond. Our repertoire ranges from medieval to the modern day, from unaccompanied to with a small orchestra. The choir sings at many events to raise money for charity.

Our Next Events

The Elgar Chorale of Worcester is honoured to participate in the inaugural Elgar Festival on 3rd June 2018, at 3.00pm.

Photo of Elgar's Birthplace in Worcestershire
Elgar’s Birthplace in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire

On 3rd June 2018, at 3.00pm The Elgar Chorale returns to Edward Elgar’s recently refurbished Birthplace to celebrate his birthday.  They will be singing a selection of works by Elgar, Hubert Parry, celebrating Parry’s centenary, Stanford and Sullivan.

Elgar greatly admired Parry, learning much from his articles in The Grove Dictionary. He provided an alternative orchestration to Jerusalem, and in 1905 called Parry “the leader of our art in this country”. We sing four of Parry’s Songs of Farewell, written during the final years of his life, which show a technical mastery of unaccompanied choral forces, and three Shakespeare songs, recently arranged for choir and piano by Piers Maxim our Music Director..

The pieces by Stanford and Sullivan, give an idea of the range of English music during this golden period. Read more here

Tickets (£6.00) are available from Worcester Live, by ringing 01905 611427 or in person at the Huntington Hall Box Office at 24 Chapel Walk, Worcester WR1 3LD

Stars & Stripes – Saturday, 30th June, 2018 at 7.30pm

A concert of American choral music
Stars & Stripes – An evening of American music

A concert of American Music, including items such as close harmony arrangements of Moon River and Pink Panther at St John’s Bedwardine Parish Church, St John’s Worcester.

From the original European settlers and their use of music for entertainment and worship, the indigenous Indian music, the slave songs with their ancestry in African rhythms and tunes, American music has many forebears.  From these beginnings, the music of present day America is rich in different genres, with spirituals, jazz, ragtime, blues and more conventional classical themes.  This concert will give just a small example of some of this music, from Aaron Copland’s Four Motets and Four American songs to close harmony arrangements of favourites such as Moon River and Pink Panther. Read more here.

Saturday, 30th June 2018, at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Bedwardine.

Tickets are available online by clicking here, by contacting the Administrator on 01684 594570 and on the door.  Prices are £12 (£5 for students).

 

Watch this space for further news of our Concerts and events!

 

Here are some reviews of our previous Concerts

Elgar Chorale at Mayor’s Christmas Concert in Guildhall

The Mayor of  Worcester’s Christmas Charity Concert – 8th December 2017.  One of the highlights of the musical year has to be attending the Elgar Chorale’s contribution to The Worcester Mayor’s annual Charity Concert, held in the sumptuous surroundings of the City’s Guildhall. This year audience figures were at near …

“Now is the Month of Maying”

“Now is the Month of Maying”, The Elgar Chorale, St Stephen’s Church, Worcester. 6th May 2017 Fresh on the heels of their superb performance of “Messiah” in March, The Elgar Chorale, under the directorship of Piers Maxim, produced an eclectic programme of choral works by English composers. There could be no more …

The Elgar Chorale sings “Messiah” – a sheer cornucopia of musical brilliance.

What links a Christmas pudding and a performance of Handel’s Messiah? Well, they both need careful planning and attention to detail – they need the best quality ingredients, mixed together with panache, a dash of spirit and all perfectly complementing each other. Above all, however, they need a skillful person …