Top names are gathering for Worcestershire's Elgar Festival - The Worcester Observer

Top names are gathering for Worcestershire's Elgar Festival

Worcester Editorial 16th May, 2024   0

ORGANISERS of the annual celebration of the life and music of Worcestershire’s most famous composer will welcome some of today’s greatest musicians for its final concert.

The Elgar Festival will welcome South African violinist Zoë Beyers and soprano April Fredrick to its Gala Concert, which will take place on Saturday June 2 at 7.30pm at Worcester Cathedral.

The concert will be performed by the Worcestershire-based English Symphony Orchestra, and the International Orchestra of Elgar Country.

South-African born Zoë Beyers has established a reputation as one of the finest and most versatile violinists based in the UK, and performs worldwide as soloist, chamber musician, director and orchestral leader.

In 2020 she was appointed Leader of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kenneth Woods, artistic director of The Elgar Festival said : “If love and longing were the most frequent and important source of inspiration for Edward Elgar, place and landscape runs a close second.

“The Elgar Festival is unique in the world in letting audience members immerse themselves in the countryside, hills, villages and forests which informed so much of Elgar’s music.

“It is a celebration that can be enjoyed by all people of all ages and all musical tastes. Our Gala Concert is the pinnacle of this and one which is a true showcase for the power of music.”

The Festival – which was launched in 2018 – was established by decree of Worcester City Council and is traditionally held on the weekend closest to Elgar’s birthday, 2 June 1857

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