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Made in England: Hereford & Worcester

The two counties have been the inspiration for many composers, authors and poets.

Ahh the beautiful rolling Malverns, a designated site of outstanding natural beauty. They have long been the inspiration for many of England’s finest composers, authors and poets.

It is said that not only did JRR Tolkien walk the hills but that Edward Elgar flew kites from them. The area is also the setting for a 14th century poem ‘The Visions of Piers Plowman' by William Langland. Poet WH Auden taught here for a few years in the 1930, writing several love poems and one specifically for the area titled ‘The Malverns’.

Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar was a Romantic composer, born just outside of Worcester. His most well-known work these days is ‘Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1’ - or as we know it - ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

Elgar would take to his bike as a boy and cycle into the hills and study music manuscripts. It seems the link between music and nature was a natural one for him. He is quoted as saying: “There is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.”

Poet and author Reverend Geoffrey Kennedy (also known as ‘Woodbine Willy’), was the Vicar of St. Pauls Church in Worcester. During World War I his sermons and poetry helped boost morale to the troops.

Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester share the roving Three Choirs Festival which has been going for over 200 years. The aim of the festival is to champion English music - especially that of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Other musical festivals of note in the area are the Malvern Fringe Festival and the Elgar festival

Made in England

Made in England is a joint partnership between BBC English Regions and Arts Council England to bring audiences and artists together in unique collaborations to provide exciting new cultural experiences.

It is a project dedicated to exploring how England – the place and the people - is expressed through creative and artistic forms.

Think about the Lake District - dramatic and elegant, the lush greens and icy blues depicting an unspoilt England. William Wordsworth was so inspired by the landscape he wrote poems, sonnets and ballads dedicated to it.

Non-traditional art is just as important to recognise - graffiti on the streets, estates built in the Sixties, and even regional accents. Does this architecture, history and culture inspire you to think of all things English?

If you’re bursting with enthusiasm at the thought of creating something - why don’t you see how you can get involved? Visit the main Made in England site to find out how you can get your creative juices flowing.

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