The music students were out again in force before half term. This time they were singing/playing for a lunchtime recital at the Elgar Birthplace museum at Lower Broadheath near Worcester. The Birthplace has recently been taken over by the National Trust and so all the exhibits were nice and shiny. Upon arrival, the students were treated to a short talk by Joe Tierney from the National Trust about who Elgar was and how lucky we are having such a prominent composer so prevalent on our doorstep. The students were then given the opportunity to have a look around the birthplace itself and play in the sound garden. Following this we had a concert run through before performing the concert itself. The programme itself was basically entirely Elgar and featured solos from Angus and Forbes Wilson, Ellie Muckalt, Sameer Rai, Angie Choi, Tim White and Mrs Wall all of whom played very successfully. The chamber choir sang three songs, including: Ave Verum Corpus, As Torrents in Summer. The Rubato Band played Salut d’amour whilst the orchestra played an arrangement of Pomp and Circumstance. The concert ended with some audience participation, where they joined the Chamber Choir and Rubato Band with singing words to Elgar’s hymn tune Drakes Broughton. The concert was attended by a very good audience, which included members of Bromyard Choral Society, Elgar Chorale, Elgar Society, Malvern Priory Choir and Malvern St. James and of course Lucton. Lucky the Lucton Bear came with us and met their bear named, Edward Elbear! Thanks to all the students along with Mrs Woollard, Mr Maxim, Mrs Taxis and Mrs Wall for coming.

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