The Elgar Chorale at The Firs 3rd June 2018, @ 3.00pm

The Elgar Chorale of Worcester is honoured to participate in the inaugural Elgar Festival.  

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.

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


C.H.H.Parry, arr Piers Maxim- Three Shakespeare Songs
Spring Song – It was a lover and his lass
Willow, willow, willow
Blow, blow thou winter wind

Elgar- Two Part-songs
My love dwelt in a northern land
As torrents in Summer

Sonatina in G major
I- Andantino
II- Allegro

Parry- Four Songs of Farewell
My soul, there is a country
I know my soul hath power
Never weather-beaten sail
There is an old belief

Elgar – They are at rest

Sullivan -The long day closes

Stanford – The Blue Bird