The annual celebration of Worcestershire's most famous composer returns this summer.

The Elgar Festival, organised to celebrate the life and music of Sir Edward Elgar, will run from Monday, May 27 to Sunday, June 2.

It was first held in 2018 by decree of Worcester City Council and typically takes place on the weekend closest to Sir Elgar's birthday, which falls on June 2.

This year's event, titled 'The Origins of Inspiration', will comprise orchestral, chamber, vocal, and choral concerts, along with exhibitions and talks.

These events and performances will be taking place at a number of venues across Worcestershire county.

Kenneth Woods, artistic director of The Elgar Festival said: "We are delighted to be bringing The Elgar Festival back to Worcester this year!

"Our celebration of the life and music of Elgar in the city of his birth engages and embraces people of all ages and all musical tastes.

"It is a programme which celebrates a sense of place and community – which is more important than ever in today’s world – as well as Elgar’s music combined with the music of today, and which provides a showcase for music of composers from all genres.

"We look forward to welcoming you."

Worcester News: It is  organised to celebrate the life and music of Sir Edward Elgar

Highlights of the 2024 festival include a gala concert by the English Symphony Orchestra, the annual Elgar's Strings concert by the English String Orchestra, late-night Club Elgar concerts showcasing jazz, world music, and blues, and an exhibit of Elgar memorabilia at The Guildhall in Worcester.

The festival also features the Elgar for Everyone Family Concert, which involves over 100 young musicians and is hosted by Julian Lloyd Webber and Esther Abrami.

The complete programme of events, booking information, and cost details can be found on the Elgar Festival website via