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The Elgar Society honour Philomusica

We are delighted to announce that Philomusica has received an important accolade from The Elgar Society.


Since our foundation in 1966 Philomusica has given a large number of performances of music by Sir Edward Elgar and, with one exception the early cantata, The Black Knight, we have performed all his major choral pieces, most of them on numerous occasions. This consistent commitment to Elgar’s music has led the Elgar Society to award to Philomusica its Certificate of Merit.


The Elgar Society instituted the Certificate of Merit ‘in order to recognise significant achievements - whether on a single occasion or during a particular year - which contribute to a greater appreciation of the legacy of Sir Edward Elgar,' The first recipient, in November 2010, was the world-famous violinist, Nikolaj Znaider. Philomusica is so far only the 13th recipient of the Certificate of Merit.


Our Chairman, John Quinn, commented: “This award is a wonderful compliment to Philomusica. We are most grateful to the Elgar Society and humbled by the recognition. We have a proud tradition of performing Elgar’s music which was established originally by Jim Cowley, our conductor until his death in 1998. Since then our present conductor, Linda Parsons has built strongly on Jim’s work, conducting many acclaimed Elgar performances. The award recognises their achievements and also all the work that our soloists and chorus have done over the years to give the best possible performances of Elgar’s music.”  


John added: “At our 1000th concert in April next year Linda will be conducting Elgar’s The Music Makers, a wonderful work that is very dear to her heart. It’s planned that the presentation of the Certificate will take place on that evening.”


Commenting on the award to Philomusica, Elgar Society Chairman, Dr. Steven Halls, said:

“Congratulations to Philomusica on its 50th anniversary, its impending 1000th concert and its long-standing commitment to Elgar’s music in the composer’s heartland.  I hope I can one day look forward to the Choir performing The Black Knight to complete its Elgar choral set!”

Our Summer Concerts: Music from the Movies

Our Tewkesbury Abbey performance of Elijah was a great success, with the audience cheering at the end. It was an exciting way to end a very satisfying run of three performances of this great oratorio.


And now, as they say, for something completely different…..


The hugely successful film of The Sound of Music was premiered in 1965. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of a film that’s still delighting audiences we thought we should devote our summer programme to music that has featured in the movies.


Some great original music has been written for films but also it’s amazing how many pieces from the classical repertoire have been used in the movies. Here are just some of the pieces that we’ll be including in our summer concerts’


The Hallelujah Chorus

In Paradisum (from Fauré’s Requiem)

Three Little Maids from School

Zadok the Priest

Danny Boy


And these are the films in which those pieces have featured. Can you match the music to the film?


Brassed Off

The Madness of King George

The Thin Red Line

Chariots of Fire

Bridget Jones’ Diary


Come to our summer concerts to find out the answers – and to hear much more great music from the movies. And, yes, there will be a medley from The Sound of Music – but no popcorn!


Details of the concerts are as follows:


20 June. St Peter & St Paul Church, Upton upon Severn, WR8 0JQ

27 June. St Mary’s Kempsey WR5 3JH


The Upton concert starts at 7.30 pm but at Kempsey things are slightly different


We will be having a Choir Picnic in the Church Grounds (or in the Church if wet) at 5:30. Please bring your own picnic and come and join us. The concert will then take place at 7:00 pm


 Tickets are available at


Come to the movies with us – and do take a look also at our ‘Where to Hear Us’ page for details of our other concerts in 2015.


Spaces for Basses

New members are always warmly welcomed and currently we’d particularly like to increase the numbers in our excellent bass section. Singing with Philomusica is varied, exciting – and fun! And there are no auditions: we let all new members have a trial period during which they pay no subscription and see if they like singing with us – almost invariably people stay with us. If you’d like to know more please contact Linda either by emailing or by calling 01684 850426. 


If you would like to join Philomusica as a chorus member please contact the relevant Group Representative:


Worcester –   

Gloucester –


If you’d like more details of the singing opportunities as a soloist with Philomusica, then please contact Linda at


We’d love to hear from you.