Foundation cashes in on success of Elgar Festival

Friday 07 December 2012 Updated: 10/12 11:15

THE SUCCESS of this summer’s patriotic Elgar Festival in Worcester has enabled the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) to donate £4,000 to the Elgar Foundation.

The ESO, in collaboration with the Foundation, organised a three day Royal Jubilee Elgar Festival in June to celebrate the anniversary of the composer’s birth, a date which coincided 96 years later with the Coronation of Elizabeth II.

The festival picked up on the great British spirit of the Olympic torch relays in the run-up to Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics themselves.

It was enjoyed by visitors from around the UK and further afield, including a party of ten from New Zealand.

The success of the festival has allowed the Worcester-based ESO to make a donation from the surplus to the Elgar Foundation Appeal, with the rest being put towards the orchestra’s programme to bring live music to people otherwise unable to access it, such as those in care homes and hospices.

Peter Sheeran, from the ESO, said: “The ESO is passionate about bringing live music to all sections of the community and helping to promote what that community has to offer; being able to make a donation like this to the Elgar Foundation and our own appeal is therefore very gratifying.”

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