The Firs: Elgar’s House

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It was a couple of seasons ago that we visited Elgar’s house, and its accompanying museum and archive. At the time it was administered by the Elgar Foundation, and it has since entered into the joint care of the Foundation and the National Trust.

The National Trust’s site notes that the contract gives the Firs “a new lease of life,” and this is to be appreciated by anyone who values heritage, and musical history.  The cottage is the birthplace of the composer, and his home through much of his life. The gardens are quaint, and in them you can find the burial place of his beloved dogs.

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The grounds also have a modern museum, performance area, and archive.  On our visit we (and especially my wife who is a musician) found the information and atmosphere inspiring.  Since the National Trust has taken on operation there has been a new tea room established, and walks around the grounds have been enhanced.

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I have to admit that I was late in coming to an appreciation of Elgar.  My first “knowing” experience of his work came with the Pomp and Circumstances march at my undergraduate graduation.  Since them I have come to admire the Enigma Variations (one of the things to check out at the museum), with its fourteen variations each representing musically one of his friends or loved ones.

While we have not been back since the National Trust began its involvement, I look forward to doing so soon (as a Trust member) and as an enthusiast for Elgar’s music.

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This is a worthwhile destination for anyone travelling in the west of England, and especially for those who love music.



Link to National Trust Pages




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