Malvern Wells and Wyche
Today we are seeking to serve God's mission purpose for the community of Malvern Wells whilst aware of the amazing tradition we have inherited. Despite its classic, semi-rural appearance and setting, from its birth, All Saints has never been distant from the cutting edge of God's creative expression.
The church was built by a local builder, William Porter, to a design by Troyte Griffith - a friend of Edward Elgar who is depicted in the "Enigma Variations". The church was consecrated on 19th November 1903.
There is evidence to suggest that Elgar composed part of the "Enigma Variations" in the church, but his offer of the original manuscript of his oratorio "The Apostles", as a gift to the church, was refused by the Anglican authorities because Elgar was a Roman Catholic and the oratorio was heavily based in that tradition.
Next to the church is the Wyche School; "Land of Hope and Glory", set to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, was first performed here in the presence of Elgar. In later life Elgar came to dislike the nationalistic overtones which became associated with the setting.
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40, The Moorlands
Tel: (01684) 572317
For Parish enquiries please contact:
Jackie Bailey (01684) 572023
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