Elgar Festival Opening Concert
29th October 2021
Worcester Guildhall, High St, Worcester WR1 2EY


Sir Edward Elgar  Serenade for Strings
Sir Edward Elgar arr. Donald Fraser  Six Miniatures for Cello and Strings (world premiere)
Harold Truscott  Elegy for Strings
Sir Michael Tippett  Little Music for Strings
Evan Chambers  The Tall-Eared Fox and the Wild-Eyed Man


English String Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Woods
Soloists: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)

About this Concert

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch, whose deeply-moving 100th Anniversary performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto was the undoubted highlight of the 2019 Elgar Festival, returns with a sequence of engaging miniatures for cello and strings arranged by Donald Fraser. The programme opens with Elgar’s much loved Serenade, and concludes with the playful and witty “Little Music” for string by the English String Orchestra’s former “Composer-in-Association”, Sir Michael Tippett. Finally, there’s a musical after-dinner sorbet, Evan Chambers virtuosic and hilarious setting of two Irish jigs, The Tall-Eared Fox and the Wild-Eyed Man. It’s an evening celebrating the best of English string music with one of the world’s most admired string orchestras, Worcester’s own English String Orchestra.