• Take in a range of exemplary performances, including private recitals and two concerts at the Symphony Hall
• View the University of Birmingham’s archive of Elgar documents
• Explore the places that inspired Elgar’s works, including the Malvern Hills
Assemble 1400 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham Hotel for four nights. Introductory lecture: A Musical History of Birmingham followed by guided walking tour of Birmingham.
Tour and private recital at Birmingham Conservatoire: Elgar Violin Sonata. Afternoon: further visits in Birmingham followed by evening performance at the Symphony Hall with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Marin Alsop (conductor) and Nicola Benedetti (violin): Beethoven Symphony No 4, Violin Concerto.
Morning visits to the University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library to view documents from the Elgar collection, University Music Department (where Elgar was Professor of Music) and Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Afternoon: Soho House. Evening performance at Symphony Hall featuring the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Constantinos Carydis (conductor) and Javier Perianes (piano): Skalkottas Four Images, Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Mussorgsky A Night on the Bare Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel).
Excursion to Worcester for Elgar Birthplace Museum, St George’s Church including talk: Elgar and the Midlands with musical examples (Elgar Vesper Voluntaries) and guided tour of Worcester Cathedral. Continue to Malvern Hills for visit to Great Malvern Priory with private organ recital.
Morning: guided tour of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Tour disperses 1330 at hotel.