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The Elgar Birthplace Museum

Crown East Lane
Lower Broadheath

Elgar's Birthplace

The Cottage in which Elgar was born on 2nd June 1857 is in the heart of the countryside he loved, near the Teme valley and facing the Malvern Hills.

The cottage now houses a unique collection of priceless manuscripts, scores, concert programmes, and press cuttings. The collection of photographs, spans those from the family snap-shot albums to records of formal and solemn occasions. The composer's desk is there, laid out by his daughter, Carice, in the way her mother prepared it when her father was composing.

This and many memorabilia record the great composer's life, work, family and friends. Records, cassettes, music, books, postcards and souvenir items for all the family are on sale.

Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar, who rose from obscurity to become England's greatest composer for 200 years, was born on 2nd June 1857, at Broadheath near Worcester. He was organist, violinist, teacher, conductor and self-taught composer. After 1900 his compositions won international recognition, the best known being The Dream of Gerontius, the Enigma Variations, the two Symphonies, the Concertos for volin and cello, and Land of Hope and Glory.

From 1878 to 1933 he was associated with the Three Choirs Festivals held in Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester.

The statue of Sir Edward Elgar in Worcester shows him at the age of 54 in the robes of a Doctor of Music which he often wore when conducting at these festivals. Knighted 1904, Freeman of Worcester 1905, O.M. 1911, K.C.V.O. 1928, Baronet 1931, G.C.V.O. 1933, Master of the King's Music 1924-1934. He died in Worcester on 23rd February 1934.

To commemorate in 2007 the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Edward Elgar, a new statue has been unveiled of Elgar looking out toward his beloved Malvern Hills. The bronze is sited at the bottom of the Birthplace Cottage garden.

75th Aniversary 1935 - 2010
Celebratory events throughout the year

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From Worcester: Take the A44 Bromyard Road in the direction of Leominster. After 3/4 miles turn right into Crown East Lane at the signpost 'Broadheath - Elgar's Birthplace'. The Museum is on the right after a further 3/4 mile. The Museum car park is located behind the Plough Inn, 50yards from the Birthplace.

From M5, use junction 7 and the A4440. (Satnav: WR2 6RH)

The Elgar Birthplace Museum Postcode for SatNav: WR2 6RH


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