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Collection Description

Collection Title
Elgar Birthplace Museum (1840-)
A collection of c.1700 programmes for concerts given since 1840, held by the Elgar Birthplace Museum.

Many of the early programmes chart the involvement of the Elgar family - including Edward's father and uncle - in music making, as well as Edward Elgar's own first steps as a performer and composer, including his involvement with the Worcester Instrumental Society and the City and County Asylum.

The collection includes an important file of Worcester Glee Club programmes from the 1870s. These throw light on this popular but under researched area of Victorian musical life.

Later programmes reflect the growing popularity of Elgar's music and his increasing compositional mastery. They celebrate the premieres of his major works - including the 'Enigma' Variations, The Dream of Gerontius and the Symphony No. 2 - and important subsequent performances, including many overseas. There are also programmes for concerts of works other than those written by Elgar.

The collection is an open one and the holding institution makes a conscious attempt to add relevant contemporary and historical programmes.
Date range of collection
1840 -
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Location Details

Elgar Birthplace Museum
Lower Broadheath Worcester WR2 6RH United Kingdom
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01905 333 224
01905 333224 
Collections Overview
The bulk of the collections consist of items that belonged to or were collected by Elgar and his wife, offering a unique insight into his interests and influences. The variety and richness of this resource is partly due to the fact that his family were natural collectors. The collection is also unique because it reflects both Elgar the man and Elgar the musician. The collections amount to over 15,000 items.The material that we hold at the museum is predominantly archival. It includes an important collection of manuscripts, which provide a rich resource for researchers. There is also a collection of concert programmes, diaries that both Elgar and his wife kept, official and private photographs and other personal papers. There is also a Library Reference collection which includes books, periodicals and sound recordings. We have furniture and objects owned by or relating to Elgar, most of which is on display. There is also of course the cottage itself, the backbone of the collection and its fitting repository.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council