Talk by Brian Draper- Elgar’s Countryside (Thursday 22nd Sept)

We will be welcoming Brian Draper to our meeting on 22nd Sept. Brian last visited in 2014 when he gave a very enjoyable talk about Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale. on this occasion he will tell us about ELGAR’S COUNTRYSIDE – the rural scenery and townscapes that the composer knew and which influenced his music.

The journey starts in Lower Broadheath, before heading for Malvern, Ledbury, Hereford and Gloucester. We take a look at several of the houses in which elgar lived, his favourite haunts, his old school, places of worship and other areas he had connections with, such as Petchley Park, Croome Court, Eastnor Castle, Berkley Castle, Little Malvern Priory and Powick.

Brian takes a light-hearted approach as we call at Elgar’s favourite pubs, and he shares Elgar’s enthusiasm for the bluebell woods around the Malvern Hills, and the hills themselves. we go to his favourite fishing spots on the Teme and Lugg, and throughout the journey, Brian casts his expert eye over the countryside, and how it has changed since Elgar’s time.

Location: Clent Parish Hall, 8pm

This article first appeared in our newsletter for 2016 which is compiled and written by Carole Hodgson.


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