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Head leaves on the right note

Worcester Editorial 3rd Oct, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE HEAD of one of the city’s best known music schools is stepping down after seven years at the helm.

Elgar Music School, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is now looking for a new person to take up the role after Gill Lumsden announced her retirement.

“During the past seven years it has been a privilege to work with a wonderful team of talented musicians and to witness the progress their students have made,” Mrs Lumsden said.

“It has also been a pleasure to welcome an increasing number of adults who have joined our new or existing group activities and to see the enjoyment they all get from making music together.

David Wright, chairman of governors, said Mrs Lumsden always put the pupils first.

“Building on a firm foundation, Gill, who only intended to stay for two years but who has given us much longer, has developed a school which is welcoming and well run, with a real sense of community,” he added.

“More than that, she has been an enabler, encouraging and freeing up the talents and ideas of teachers and pupils who have achieved things which we could not have imagined a few years ago. She has made things happen.”

Next Thursday (October 10) the music school celebrates three decades with a special concert at Huntingdon Hall at 7pm.

There will be performance by both staff and pupils, and a return of the Elgar Chorale conducted by Donald Hunt. After the concert, everyone is invited to a celebration party in The Green Room, the new cafe above Huntingdon Hall.

Tickets are available from Worcester Live on 01905 611427 or at or drop into the box office, which is next to the school.

Anyone interested in the role of head can contact Gill Lumsden at for an application pack, but the deadline is Monday, October 7.

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