Re-launch of Elgar Route celebrates the famous composer

Visitors in Worcestershire will be able to drive, cycle and walk in the footsteps of legendary composer Sir Edward Elgar with the re-launch of an historic route.

The Elgar Route is a sign-posted excursion through the countryside and the historic city of Worcester taking in the surroundings which inspired Worcestershire's most famous son to create his greatest works.

People can drive the 37-mile circular route which takes in a symphony of sights across Worcester and the Malvern Hills, including the Elgar statue, The Firs: Elgar's Birthplace which is run by the National Trust and his grave at Malvern Wells.

Without stops, the route will take up no more than one hour and a half to complete by car, or three and a half hours by bicycle dependent on ability, but there are also additional walks to enjoy along the way.

Created and signposted by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council, the route will be re-launched on Thursday, 30 May, in time for his birthday on 2 June and as part of the 2019 Elgar Festival.

Born in Lower Broadheath, Elgar learnt to play the violin at a young age and built up a reputation as a great composer whose music is loved by people all over the world. His Enigma Variations, The Dream of Gerontius and Pomp and Circumstance March No 1-better known to many as the music of Land Of Hope And Glory-are classics.

The re-launch will see the Morgan Sports Car Club take part in a rally along the route with Cllr Dean Clarke, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, before arriving at The Firs with representatives from the Elgar Society and other dignitaries.

Other Morgan motor car owners are welcome to join in the rally and tour the route to help pay homage to our favourite Malvernite. The rally will be leaving Great Malvern at approximately 1pm on 30 May.

Victoria Carman, Visitor Economy Officer at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We are so excited to re-launch the Elgar Route which celebrates the life of a much-loved icon. Whether you're a classical music fan, or just like touring spectacular scenery and learning about iconic heritage, the Elgar Route will allow you to tour some of England's finest land - the Land of Hope and Glory".

Visitors will be able to pick up a leaflet about the route from their local Tourist Information Centre or visit the Visit the Malverns website for more information on the Elgar route.

Note to the editor:

The annual Elgar Festival (30 May-2 June) is a week-long event in Worcester celebrating the legacy of Britain's greatest composer. The festival combines symphonic and string orchestra concerts by the festival's orchestra-in-residence, the English Symphony Orchestra, with chamber concerts, choral concerts, recitals, talks, poetry readings, family events and more.

Pictured: A Morgan car outside The Firs: Elgar's Birthplace.
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