Elgar Festival 2024 - Elgar’s Strings: Elgar’s Wartime Masterpiece at Worcester Guildhall
31st May 2024
Worcester Guildhall, High St, Worcester WR1 2EY


Imogen Holst  Variations on ‘Loth To Depart’
Steve Elcock  Concerto Grosso (world premiere)
Sir Edward Elgar arr. David Matthews  String Quartet


English String Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Woods

About this Concert

Our annual celebration of the unique and glorious tradition of British music for string orchestra, heard in the magnificent acoustic of Worcester Guildhall. Elgar’s lone String Quartet is a powerful example of Elgar’s mastery of the chamber music idiom, and his deep reverence for this most revered genre, particularly the legacy of Beethoven’s late string quartets. This version of the Quartet in its arrangement for full orchestra was heard at the inaugural Elgar Festival when David Matthews was the featured composer and has since been recorded by the English String Orchestra to international acclaim.