300th Anniversary of the Three Choirs Festival – Follow Elgar’s cycle rides

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.

Elgar at Hereford Cathedral

Elgar at Hereford Cathedral

The statue

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)

Cycling maps

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

Elgar's cycling maps - marked in red & green crayon

Elgar’s cycling maps – marked in red & green crayon

The bike

a Royal Sunbeam bicycle called “Mr Phoebus”

Elgar the cyclist - inspiration for the composer in Herefordshire's quiet country lanes

Elgar the cyclist – inspiration for the composer in Herefordshire’s quiet country lanes

The Cycling holiday

Try our Black & White Villages Cycle Tour – and see for yourself where Elgar cycled….

#cyclingholidays #Herefordshire #Threechoirs

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About Wheely Wonderful Cycling

I organise cycling & walking holidays from our farm on the Shropshire/ Herefordshire borders. I love anything to do with cycling - and this area is the perfect place to cycle - quiet lanes, fantastic scenery, lots of history & great food. My blog aims to keep you up to date with the best places to cycle & walk in the area, and all the wonderful things to see & do whilst you are exploring by bike or foot.
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