Elgar's inspiration

Today is the 163rd anniversary of Edward Elgar's birth!

Most famous for pieces including Pomp and Circumstance (Land of Hope and Glory) and the Enigma Variations, the composer spent much of his life in Malvern and the surrounding area.

The landscape of the Malvern Hills and Commons offered Elgar inspiration for his works, especially when he was cycling around the country lanes on his bike named 'Mr Phoebus'.

Elgar is now buried, along with his wife Alice, at St Wulstan's Church, Little Malvern, on the slopes of the hills that played such an important part in his life.

The peaks of the Malverns and the wide ranging views from their tops continue to offer inspiration to musicians, artists and poets alike.

Find out more about Sir Edward Elgar and his life from the National Trust who care for 'The Firs' - Elgar's birthplace. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/…/features/sir-edward-elgar