Issue Date: 06/11/2007
Issue Name: Christmas 2007 - Worcester Cathedral: 150th Anniversary of Edward Elgar
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Our lovely Christmas cover celebrates Worcester Cathedral in 2007, the 150th Anniversary Year of one of our best loved composers, Edward Elgar. Our cover features the six Christmas Angel stamps and has a Worcester postmark. A limited number were signed by the then-new Bishop of Worcester. He took up office in November 2007.
Worcester Cathedral - 150th Anniversary of Edward Elgar
An image of Worcester Cathedral's west face was featured on the reverse of the Bank of England £20 note Series E, issued between 1999 and 2007. It accompanies a portrait of the composer, Edward Elgar, who was born a hundred and fifty years ago in the village of Broadheath, just three miles outside the town of Worcester. Elgar is celebrated as possibly our greatest English composer. Among his many works is Land of Hope and Glory, adapted from the Pomp and Circumstance Marches as the Coronation Ode for Edward VII. It fast became a popular favourite and nowadays is sung as the finale to the proms each year.
Worcester Cathedral is on a glorious site, with the River Severn running along its boundaries. It was founded in 680, but nothing remains of the original building. The oldest part still standing is in the crypt, which dates back to the tenth century, but the main part of the building was done in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
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John Geoffrey Inge is a Church of England bishop. He is currently the Bishop of Worcester in the Diocese of Worcester. From 2003 to 2008, he was Bishop of Huntingdon, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Ely.