Lauded as ‘Critic’s Pick’ in both The Guardian and The Times, the Elgar Festival is an annual live celebration of the life and music of Worcester’s most famous son and Britain’s great composer, Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934). 

Set in and around the composer’s home city, the festival from 27 May to 2 June 2024 will include concerts given by the resident English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) under their Principal Conductor and Festival Artistic Director, Kenneth Woods, with guest artists including Zoë Beyers and Esther Abrami and featured composer, Steve Elcock.

This year’s Festival is built around Elgar’s Violin Concerto – one of the composer’s most intimate works – and explores the composer’s personal inspirations, alongside those of his followers, with the theme ‘The Origins of Inspiration’. 

Find out more at the Elgar Festival website.


This year the Festival will be working with a funding cut of between 40% -100% from Arts Council England. Like many arts-based charities across the UK, the Elgar Festival is feeling the pinch of a nationwide arts funding crisis. The ‘Go Fund Me’ Campaign aims to raise funds to help continue the legacy of one of England’s fondest and most revered composers.

Make your donation at the GoFund Me website.