Edward Elgar was born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire on 2nd June 1857 and he lived here in this house until his family moved to nearby Worcester two years later. Elgar was the fourth of the seven children born to William and Anne Elgar. William was a professional piano-tuner and music played a large part of all the children’s lives. By the age eight Elgar was taking piano and violin lessons and he accompanied his father to the grand houses at which he was attending to the pianos, and was able to show off his skills to local people of standing. The museum, which is set in the beautiful countryside so dear to Elgar and just 2 miles outside the City of Worcester, comprises of the birthplace cottage and an associated Elgar Centre, which opened in 2000 and houses exhibitions and a function room. The museum offers an insight into the life, family and music of Sir Edward Elgar, one of England’s greatest composers. Among Elgar,s many masterpieces are Salut d’Amour, Pomp & Circumstance, the Enigma Variations, the Concertos for violin and cello and The Dream of Gerontius. The unique and nationally important collections include manuscripts, musical scores, diaries, writings and concert tickets and is the largest collection of materials associated with the composer which offers a valuable resource for anyone interested in his life. The cottage was established as a museum by his daughter Carice Elgar Blake, on his death in 1934.
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Open every day 11am-5pm
(Closed: 24th Dec 2013 – 31st Jan 2014)
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