The Life of Elgar in Words and Music at The Firs (Afternoon)

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A special event at The Firs:

Elgar may be England’s most famous composer. But what was he really like? This exciting production celebrates his life through his own rarely heard words and exclusive live performances of his music by the Veracini Ensemble.

Was Elgar just a ‘Colonel Blimp’ who wrote ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Nimrod’, or something much more than that?

Find out on 28 May in this fascinating production which includes live musical performances by the Veracini Ensemble, narration by Elgar expert Richard Westwood-Brookes and readings of Elgar’s own words to accompany the story.

Hear about Elgar’s desperate struggles to succeed while always believing he was judged second rate through being self taught and from a humble background; his heartbreak at lost love; the ‘demons’ which relentlessly tortured his mind; the vicious attacks he suffered from the academic establishment; the remarkable woman whose lifelong devotion and sacrifice finally made him the great composer he became; and the tragedy of her death leaving him so stunned that he never again completed a great work. A life that was certainly troubled to the very end.

Along with live music by the talented Veracini Ensemble this intimate event is one not to be missed.

Two performances: 11am and 2pm. Ticket prices: £12.50.

Please note:

  • Normal Admission charges apply to non-members on arrival.
  • Meet at The Firs visitor reception.
  • Designated mobility parking in main car park. Wheelchair access to visitor centre and garden. The event takes place in the visitor centre. Accessible toilet located in visitor centre.
  • Limited wheelchair access to the birthplace cottage.

Sunday 28 May 2023


The Firs



The Firs

Elgar's Birthplace Museum

Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath


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