Music of Elgar & the Malvern Hills
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Meadows & hills
Elgar was born in 1857 at Broadheath, close to Worcester – his father had a music shop and he tuned pianos. His life and music are closely linked to the area. We’ll visit places associated with him, listen to his music and take time to appreciate and understand the countryside that greatly inspired him.
- Visit to Elgar’s Birthplace Museum at Broadheath
- Talks and informal discussions with an expert leader
- Enhance your understanding by listening to selected pieces of music
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all activities
- Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable leaders for each holiday
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays – listen to music together, eat together and socialise together
Dating from the Tudor period, and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.
Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• At the very top of the house is the observatory
• Free WiFi in public rooms
|• Range of board games and books
• At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Monday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. After dinner enjoy an illustrated talk on Elgar’s early life and background, which will enhance tomorrow’s tour.
Tuesday: Elgar’s Countryside Tour
A full day touring visiting places of interest associated with Elgar. We visit the birthplace museum at Broadheath, and Great Witney Court where his father tuned pianos for Queen Adelaide and the young Edward performed for the Dudley Family. There will be an opportunity to visit Worcester Cathedral and view buildings in the city associated with Elgar. After dinner there will be a short recital of music associated with today’s visits.
Wednesday: Elgar’s Inspiration
9.30am – 12.30pm: This morning we will view the iconic Portrait of a Composer documentary produced by Ken Russell, celebrating the life and work of Elgar. Following a coffee break, there will be an illustrated talk and discussion on 'the Hereford years'.
12.30pm: Lunch followed by a free afternoon to explore the area independently, or relax in the Country House.
5pm – 6.30pm: A consideration of Elgar’s choral and vocal music.
After dinner: Elgar miniatures.
Thursday: Enigma Resolved?
9.30am – 12pm: A musically illustrated talk - Enigma Resolved - looks at the possible origins of the theme and at the characters portrayed in the Enigma Variations (with a coffee break).
1pm – 5.30pm: Enjoy viewing places of interest associated with Elgar in and around Malvern. We visit the Elgar family graves at St Wulstan's Church, Little Malvern, spend some time in the centre of Great Malvern and enjoy views of the Malvern Hills which were a constant inspiration.
After dinner: A few final observations.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
What to bring
All of the music will be provided for you. You may want to bring a notebook and pen to make notes of the music you listen to.
Discover the Cotswolds
Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.
Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.
Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.
The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.
During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.
Hidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill. www.blenheimpalace.com
The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.
The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. www.gwsr.com
The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum. www.ashmolean.org
Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley
Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water
Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY
The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.
From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.
From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water. At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).
Marcus Martin studied at piano, organ, singing and general music subjects at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and subsequently obtained an MA degree in Arts Management at City University London. Professionally he has combined a career of teaching, accompanying, conducting, performing and latterly, administration. For many years he taught piano and lectured on academic studies and also has worked extensively in the musical theatre as musical director for amateur and professional productions. For a long time Marcus has been associated with ‘Light Music’. His 35 piece Alassio Concert Orchestra, comprising musicians from the major London orchestras, regularly gives music-lovers a chance to hear the original orchestrations of some of the very best compositions of this genre. He has over 45 years' experience as a church organist and regularly conducts choirs and singing groups of varying sizes.
In 2012 he received an invitation to attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May. The citation for this honour was in respect of 25 years of services to music and charities in Worthing - through involvement with amateur and professional choirs and orchestras, work with young performers within the music festival organisation and in particular the raising of a total of £40,000 for various local and national charities during the past 10 years of presenting Morning Melodies.
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person