Elgar Festival 2023 - Elgar's Strings - Connections
2nd June 2023
Worcester Guildhall, High St, Worcester WR1 2EY


Michael Tippett  Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Edward Elgar  Elegy
Michael Berkeley  Meditations
Lennox Berkeley  Antiphon
Edward Elgar  Sospiri
Ruth Gipps  Cringlemire Garden
Benjamin Britten  Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge


English String Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Woods

About this Concert

An evening of some of the most beautiful and thrilling music ever written for string orchestra, celebrating a web of musical and personal connections. Michael Tippett was the ESO’s first Composer-in-Association, and the orchestra recorded his Concerto for Double String Orchestra under the composer’s guidance during their partnership. Tippett was succeeded by Lennox Berkeley, whose son Michael is this year’s Featured Composer. Michael’s godfather and mentor was, of course, Benjamin Britten, represented here by his incredible homage to his teacher and mentor, Frank Bridge. Two of Elgar’s most haunting miniatures and Ruth Gipps’ beautiful Cringlemire Garden round out a thrilling celebration of British string music.