This year is the 300th Anniversary of the Three Choirs Festival – and its being held in Herefordshire – so lots to see & do there from 26 July to 1 August. One of the most famous supporter of the Festival was Elgar – who lived (and cycled in Hereford & Malvern) and just outside Hereford Cathedral is this statue of Elgar.
The sculptor Jemma Pearson says”the portrait depicts Elgar as the composer finding inspiration from the countryside of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the Malvern hills, …. These journeys were a great creative release for him, colouring his music and giving it that special Englishness for which he is so renowned and loved. The sculpture’s compositon was designed to be as if he is resting during one of these many rides and in his hand is a small notebook on which he has jotted the merest beginnings of a musical idea”
(Jemma also used one of our Clun B&B landlords as the body model for this sculpture)
In his cycling decade Elgar cycled thousands of miles touring the countryside round his homes in Hereford & Malvern. His cycling maps are criss-crossed with dense red lines plotting the routes he took. His visionary masterpiece Dream of Gerontius was evidently composed on the saddle
a Royal Sunbeam bicycle called “Mr Phoebus”
The Cycling holiday
Try our Black & White Villages Cycle Tour – and see for yourself where Elgar cycled….
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