Mendelssohn – Siblings. A recital of Piano Solos and Songs by Helen Cawthorne & John Barker. Sunday 3rd November at 3.00pm

This recital features generous groups of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s hugely attractive and compelling piano works interspersed with selections from among the better known and well-loved songs of her brother, Felix.

Fanny (b1805), Felix (b1809) and their brother and sister were born into the very prosperous and distinguished Mendelssohn family. Their grandfather, Moses, was a leading European intellectual as well as a highly successful businessman. Their father, Abraham, and his brothers founded an important international banking house. The children enjoyed a comfortable, privileged upbringing but it was demanding — roused at 5.30am for days rich with lessons from a remarkable assembly of private tutors, as well as plentiful physical exercise, including swimming, skating and hiking. Their home in Leipziger Strasse was an important centre of Berlin’s artistic and intellectual life, attracting the leading lights of the age and with an honoured place for musicians.

Both Fanny and Felix exhibited prodigious musical talent, with Fanny’s virtuosity as a pianist compared favourably to that of Felix, and both received every encouragement in their studies. While Abraham entertained some doubts over Felix pursuing a professional career he was quite quickly won over by endorsements of his son’s talents from figures such as Goethe and Moscheles, among many others. For Fanny, it was particularly her high social status that rendered a musical career unseemly and unacceptable to the family, rather than simple gender stereotyping, though her artist husband William Hensel was later notably supportive of her talents as both pianist and composer.

For him [Felix] music may become a profession. For you it has to remain a decoration. It can and should never be the be-all and end-all of your life. (extract from a letter of Abraham Mendelssohn to Fanny Mendelssohn quoted in ‘Gentle Genius — The Story of Felix Mendelssohn’ by George R. Marek)

Helen Cawthorne and John Barker gave a very successful recital at Elmslie House in June, having established a new home in Malvern within the past year. Details of their musical careers may be found at

Refreshments will be available in the interval – the recital will end at approximately 4.45pm.

Tickets are £12 and available through Malvern TIC, through Eventbrite HERE

or tickets will be available on the door at Elmslie on the day.

Doors will open at 2.30pm.

The Troubadour of Rutland – aka Paul McClure Friday 27th September at 7.30pm

Paul McClure is a singer songwriter from Rutland, England.
“Remarkable songwriter…we should all work on helping make him the star he deserves to be.”   Mojo Magazine

Known for his intimate, storytelling concerts Paul’s characters and story lines – in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way – though lyrically often brutally honest, nearly always allow the humorous side of any situation come forward.

“Rutland Troubadour, aka Paul McClure.  A master of the stage, whether it’s an intimate house concert or a full-on festival set… interspersing his trademark dry humour between some excellent and thoughtful songs his shows are a delight, making him one of the most in-demand performers in the country and a significant player on the UK roots scene.” – Americana UK 

McClure has clocked up the miles finding no shortage of places willing to have him play with shows at folk clubs, venues, festivals and front rooms including acclaimed performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Ramblin’ Roots, Maverick and Truck Festivals –  sharing the stage with such folk and Americana musicians as Justin Townes Earle, Ian Felice, and The Young ‘Uns. (extensively  touring in not only venues but also a large number of house concerts hosted by fans in his attempt to both connect with his audience in a close and intimate setting and also bring the sound of live music back into the home.)

With enthusiastic support from Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 2 show, more festival appearances across the summer – including Glastonbury – and with another album of new songs due for release in June 2019 on UK Americana label Clubhouse Records, things are looking up for the Rutland Troubadour…                                                          


‘Daddy Will You Hold My Hand’ taken from the new album ‘Market Town’ (2019)

‘Baby That’s You’ (2018)


“…he makes great music and that’s what matters” – Americana UK

Paul is proud to be an official ambassador for the East Midlands UK medical charity: EMICS

Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Unreserved seating – maximum of 80. Bar available. Tickets available HERE

or via Carnival Records and the Malvern Tourist Information Centre.

Keith James in concert at Elmslie House – The Songs of Leonard Cohen – Saturday 9th November.

Following a sell-out performance of The Songs of Nick Drake last year Emslie House are delighted to be welcoming back Keith James – bringing with him his take on these remarkable songs.

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line. 

The chilling announcement of Leonard’s passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. Our World misses him very much!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith Jamesgives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving over 450 concerts to well over 150,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain

Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.

Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘Good work! Glad you are keeping Leonard’s songs alive’ Sylvie Simmons, Biographer – The Life of Leonard Cohen

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland

‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’  The Guardian

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’  Times Literary Supplement 

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine

Keith James’ website

Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Unreserved seating – maximum of 80. Bar available. Tickets available HERE

or at Malvern Tourist Information Centre.

Men In General – Friday 18th October, 7.30pm

Elmslie House are delighted to be welcoming: MEN IN GENERAL

à cappella * great songs * comedy * understanding men 

Men In General are quadruplets separated at birth, recently re-united by a social networking site and now talking & singing Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Red Molly, Meghan Trainor, Marvin Gaye, Joe Jackson, Coope Boyes & Simpson, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Stills, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, The Spooky Men’s Chorale & many more top lyrics.

Features members of The Singing Sous’Chefs, The Spooky Men’s Chorale (Australia), A Fistful of Spookies, Mumbo Jumbo, plus a Geography graduate and a Bargain Hunt expert.

‘musicality and life enriching’ Rod Clements, Lindisfarne

‘a cross between Coope, Boyes & Simpson and The New Rope String Band!’ Karen Tweed

‘fluid and funny and warm’ Birchwood Hall

‘so good we spilt the Prosecco’ Long Sutton Market House

‘an à cappella dream’ Gracie Hinitt

Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be an interval after aprox 45 minutes when you can grab a drink from the bar. 

Unreserved seating – max 80.

Tickets available HERE:

or through Malvern TIC, Church Street, Malvern.

NEW – Creative Dance Class for Parents and Under 5s

Thursdays 1.45 – 2.30      (during term time)

Through the use of props, songs, stories and themes, as well as different music genres and rhythms I playfully initiate movement exploration and games, seamlessly leading into dance.

I guide the children and their grown-ups through verbal instruction as well as vivid demonstration and participation.

Great bonding experience, social activity, as well as stimulating the children’s overall development.

£ 3.50 per session if paid per half term or £ 4.50 drop in. 

Enquiries and booking:  07577719280

Leila – Dance Artist 

Pianoscapes – Sunday afternoons at Elmslie House

We’re delighted to introduce to you a new Sunday afternoon concert – ‘Pianoscapes’  – the NEXT one is on Sunday 16th June 2019

This is an (appoximately!) monthly Sunday afternoon concert series of ‘eclectic music for adventurous listeners’.

Pianist Chris Long performs an informal hour of diverse music for piano/keyboards – ranging from Bach, Chopin and Debussy to Keith Jarrett, Pink Floyd and beyond and all performed on Elmslie House’s newest aquisition – A Steinway Grand!

Chris often includes his own improvisations, including loop-based and electronic textures. Listeners get to enjoy the musical journey with the aid of tea and excellent homemade cake!

“The beautiful piano work of Chris Long… took me on an imaginiative and thought-provoking journey… lots to like, and some to be challenged by…the perfect way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon!” ‘What attention to detail… so enjoyed the afternoon”   [audience members]

Adult- £10; Under-16’s-£5 available on the door from 2.30pm.

Doors will open at 2.30pm at which time tea and cake* will be available to buy at the bar, and the recital itself will run from 3.00 – 4.00pm.

Details can be found at

Other dates for your diaries are:

Sunday September 8th, Sunday October 27th, Sunday November 24th and the last one for 2019 will be held on Sunday December 22nd

  • please note – if you are a regular to the house, the cakes will not have been made by Anna – but supplied by Chris! Thanks.

Emma Hardicker’s Malvern Cityscape – available exclusively at Elmslie House

 Malvern Cityscape  – a little bit of background . . .

Regular visitors to the House will recognize the work of Birmingham printmaker Emma Hardicker. She has been a stalwart at the Blue Magpie Craft Fairs and some of you may also remember that she was one of the featured artists whose work was shown in 2018 as part of the exhibition:  ‘A Fresh Start’.

As well as her floral designs, Emma produces Cityscapes – to date she has produced one of London, Birmingham, Manchester & Bristol and following the exhibition in April last year we thought – why not commission Emma to produce one of Malvern too?

Which is what we did . .

And this is the result many months later – 27 Landmarks and historic places of interest – including, Elmslie House of course – interwoven in a wonderfully designed graphic architectural jigsaw puzzle.

We hope you like the results!

We have a small number of Unframed copies available here at the House, both of the Giclée Print (the smaller black & white version with ‘Malvern’ underneath) and the Limited Edition copies (edition of 100), which are 50x70cm and handprinted in a lovely Slate Blue colour.

And if you’d like to check out Emma’s other Cityscapes, Malvern, as well as the other major cities Emma has completed to date can be found on her website –
‘Malvern’ – by Emma Hardicker
27 LandmarksSilkscreen printed by hand onto cotton based paper 285 gram.

Print Size 41 x 61cm

Paper size 50 x70cm

Limited Edition of 100 and signed.

£150 plus p&p

This hand printed edition contains some of Malvern’s most iconic landmarks and sights. There are 27 recognisable landmarks, placed together to create an illustrative, architectural pattern. Have fun trying to find them all, whilst enjoying the artwork.

Limited Edition comes with a handprinted sealed map locating all the 27 landmarks, if you really have to know where they all are, you can peek!

All prints will be subject to postage and packaging and sent flat with a courier.

Please allow up to 7 working days for delivery, please call 07789 470780 if you need it by a certain date.

Malvern Limited Edition Print

‘Malvern’£45 (plus small parcel £3.40)

This Giclee print contains some of Malvern’s most iconic landmarks and sights. There are 27 recognisable landmarks, placed together to create an illustrative, architectural pattern. Have fun trying to find them all! The work comes with a digital map showing where all the buildings are located.

A fantastic gift for residents or those who simply love architectural design. All designed and produced in the U.K.

Made from: Heavyweight white paper

Dimensions: Paper Size Width 40.5 cm x Height 62 cm


Malvern Giclee Print

Jack Blackman – Saturday 6th July at 8.00pm

Jack Blackman is no stranger to playing in these parts – he’s been performing at Upton Blues for almost a decade now, but its his first time playing at Elmslie.

Jack’s music fuses early blues styles with classy song writing and a folk sensibility. His voice has been described as sounding ‘older and more careworn than his tender years should allow’ (Acoustic Magazine, 2011), and he is also arguably the best slide guitar player of his generation.

In 2017 Jack played a number of festivals including to an audience of 25, 000 at Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival, his 9th consecutive appearance at Upton Blues Festival, the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Lancashire and the main stage at Warwick Folk Festival.

He has supported and received accolades from many big names in his genre including Tony Joe White, Charlie Parr, who marvelled that he ‘just keeps getting better and better…it’s kinda scary’, and Martin Simpson, who declared, ‘at last! A brilliant young guitarist coming through!’

Jack’s 3rd album ‘Nearly Man’ was released in November 2016 and has received positive reviews in many national music publications-

‘Exceptional guitarist, sounds just great!’ – Whispering Bob Harris

‘Already a standout artist in this genre’ – Blues Matters Magazine

‘A singer-songwriter at work delivering some seriously good music’

–       FolkWords

2018 will see the release of his 4th album on Tuery Records.

Tickets are  £12.00 each, available online through Eventbrite

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Healing Sacred Sound Journeys at Elmslie House

“A truly wonderful experience – I am totally blown away”

Following the success of the previous Gong Baths & Sound Meditation sessions Antony and Angie have already run at Elmslie House, they are now looking to hold regular monthly sound journey meditations at Elmslie House in Malvern.

Here are the next dates:


Sunday 22nd July

Sunday 19th August

Sunday 23rd September

Sunday 21st October

Sunday 11th November

Sunday 9th December

“This is such a special venue to be surrounded with sacred sound!

Underfloor heating means you are warm and snug wrapped in your blankets. The wooden floor maximises the vibrations of the singing bowls and gongs , transporting you into delightful dreamscapes and inner journeys of tranquility”.

When Antony and Angie join forces at Elmslie House you will have the healing vibrations of 5 gongs – 3 gongs in front of you and 2 behind you, creating a truely surround sound experience ♥

We are so sure that you will love this sound journey and want to come again that we are offering those coming to Elmslie House for their first session half the usual price. Come along and try something new!

* Reduce stress & anxiety
* Reduce Chronic Pain
* Connect to your higher self and Angelic guides
* Help release stuck energy and blockages in the energy body
* Induces a deep state of relaxation
* Promotes restful sleep
* Promotes mindful living and heart connection
* Space for inner journeying and visualisation

All money payable in cash on the night but please mark yourself as ‘going’ on the Facebook event or message me to secure your space.
The room is large but we would still like to keep an eye on numbers attending.

What should I bring?

Please bring either a yoga mat or sleepping bag to lie on , a cushion or pillow for your head and a warm blanket to wrap yourself in during the meditation. If you have problems lying on the floor you are welcome to bring your own comfy chair or recliner to sit back in . Bring an extra cushion for your back or knees if you wish.

Just lie back and relax as we take you through a gentle meditation followed by an hour of sublime sound and vibrations.

* Due to the powerful vibrations of the gongs this session is not suitable for those with heart conditions or pacemakers , ladies in the first trimester of pregnancy or those suffering from acute mental illness. If in doubt please message us for more info.

Antony Blakmore :

Gong Practioner and follower of the Shamanic Path. Antony has 3 beautiful Paiste Gongs including two which are vibrationally aligned to the planets Venus and Mercury which work on the Heart and Throat Chakras.
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Angie Latham :

An Intuitive energy healer Angie plays the Gong , full chakra note sets of Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls , Shamanic Drum and other instruments for healing and self transformation.

* Due to the strong vibrations of the instruments this event is not suitable for those with heart problems or pace makers , severe mental illness , sound sensitive epilepsy or for ladies in the first trimester of pregnancy. If in doubt please message for more information and advice.

To reserve a space or for more info please contact Antony on 07890 582421




NEW – Pilates Rehabilitation, Thursdays at 11.30am

Pilates-therapy offers Pilates classes to all levels from beginner to advanced and specialist classes for Rehabilitation.

We have a new Rehabilitation class starting at Elmslie House on Thursday mornings.

These classes are taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist and are for people with a variety of injuries and health issues.

We have clients wanting to improve backpain, some who have had surgery such as knee or hip replacements, or some who are simply wanting to stay active and mobile as they age.

The classes are small, safe and effective.

If you would like more information, please contact Julie Ladd (Chartered Physiotherapist) direct on 07903 9019456 or look at the website

NEW – VeraFlow Classes – Thursdays at 7.00pm

Moving you to find your True Flow

What is VeraFlow?

Dance, stretch and find your true flow in this class like none other you have ever experienced.
VeraFlow is just what you need to feel completely relaxed and content. Find your true flow in body and mind as you stretch your body and train your mind to the rhythm of the music.

This is you time. Time out in your day to get a clear head, to get focused on the here and now and to get in control.

You’ll leave feeling like you’ve had a full body massage, with your muscles strengthened yet relaxed and loose.

There is no need to live with pain in your body. Once you experience the release you find in VeraFlow you won’t look back.

Classes are run by Sarah Clarke. Here’s a little about Sarah:

Having danced all my life and then trained to a professional standard, dancing is all I know how to do and all I want to do!

I taught children and adult dance classes for many years including ballet, tap, street dance, lyrical, etc.

In recent years I have moved more into the fitness side of dance, I have been teaching Zumba for the past 6 years and Aqua Zumba for 3 years.

VeraFlow is something new and completely different to anything else around, plus this is the first class in the whole of Worcestershire!!

If you would like any more information please contact me on 07977 778635 or email

Core * Pilates * Strength * Balance Classes – Thursdays at 9.15

We are delighted to welcome instructor Wendy Green to Elmslie. Wendy says: “Being a local girl I’m very lucky to have always worked in the Malvern area I have been an Exercise to Music instructor for 28 years teaching a variety of Fitness Classes Having now started classes in the beautiful surroundings of Elmslie House my aim is to have small groups where you feel comfortable, at ease and able to interact. We incorporate the fundamentals of Core Pilates with a lovely fusion of Stretch and Balance. This fusion of elements helps promote wellbeing by improving core strength and posture through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises. The class will provide a complete body workout, helping your mind and body to work in harmony. You will leave the class feeling relaxed and a smile on your face”. Classes are held every Thursday morning at 9.15 (pre-booking is essential) For any information and to book a class call Wendy on 07790 101470

Yoga with Three Counties Yoga

Sue has been practising yoga for 26 years. Little did she know that attendance at a local yoga class because of a need for relaxation was going to lead quite so far! She has studied and continues to study with several schools of yoga, for example Iyengar, Viniyoga and most recently Sivananda, but has not settled with any particular tradition. She is currently concentrating on Mahamudra meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition and is developing an interest in the healing yoga of that tradition. ? Sue has been a yoga teacher for over 20 years. She has concentrated mainly on setting up and teaching private mixed ability, adult classes but has very broad experience in teaching students of all ages, some on a one to one basis. She is committed to bringing yoga within the reach and understanding of all. Her specialisations include themed teaching and aspects of breathing, anatomy and physiology. Classes: Tuesdays ?13.30 – 14.30 Mixed Ability Yoga Wednesdays 11.00 – 12.15 Mixed Ability Yoga 18.30 – 19.45 Mixed Ability Yoga Contact details: Sue Hayles :07815 946362 ??Email Please visit to find out more

Chi Kung with Max Mainini

If you are looking to develop your sense of calmness and relaxation in an increasingly fast paced world, or to help keep your body and joints healthy, then chi kung is something you will enjoy.

What is it?
Roughly translated to ‘energy work’, practising Chi Kung enhances the flow of chi (vital energy) through the body. The exercises are often slow, gentle and flowing, and may take the form of static postures, slow movements and special walking exercises. These are often inspired by nature and help keep the body supple, invigorate and enhance body function and as well as helping to develop mental clarity and inner stillness.

Join a class….

Here on Mondays from 6.30-7.30pm



To book a place, please see

Chi Kung Malvern
or call Max on 07976239855

The classes are perfect for beginners and those with experience.

Classes with Carrie Kidman Beeson

Formerly an instructor with Fiesta Fit, Carrie has now branched out on her own and regularly teaches the following classes at Elmslie:

Fitness classes in Pilates, Latin Dance and interval training.

Ante and postnatal specialist but all ladies welcome.

Classes for men and couples coming soon!

Please contact Carrie to book a place on 07990658743 or

Somatics Basics of Movement Classes – Tuesdays 5.45pm

Sarah Stevens will be running her Somatics class to keep your moving more freely and painlessly.

What does one learn in a Somatics class/workshop?

Somatic education classes focus on your experience of your bodily senses. For example, “What do feel when you move that part of your body?” During each movement, you will bring attention to what it feels like to relax a muscle as well as which muscles are used in the movement. Keeping your attention on the sensations involved in the movement is a key component in gaining voluntary control over the sensory-motor system to more effectively engage and relax the muscles as necessary.

You will be coached to make all movements slow, engaging their complete attention in the movement. To help maintain focus, most movements are done lying on the floor to take out the need to use one’s attention to balance freeing the mind to focus its attention solely on the movement. This makes the class accessible for most levels of physical ability. If you have further questions whether this class is appropriate for your needs, please contact me.

Class sessions and workshops may vary in theme, but are designed to be part of a well-rounded curriculum when practiced on a regular basis.

The principles of Somatic Education are based on neuroscience and how the brain and muscles work together and offers gentle and easy exercises that are appropriate for all fitness levels and results in greater ease in movement.

For those unfamiliar with somatic education, other closely related modalities relying on similar principles include neuromuscular rehabilitation and the Thomas Hanna’s methods.

Appropriate for:

• Seniors with arthritis or chronic tension or stiffness
• Those recovering from injuries
• Athletes/dancers/fitness enthusiasts/musicians, etc. who depend
on fine-tuned physical movements
• Yoga or other mind-body movement practitioners/instructors
• Those interested in medication-free ways to prevent and alleviate pain,
chronic tension, and stiffness, or facilitate postural corrections.

Class notes:

Bring to class: yoga mat, blanket, or exercise pad to lie on and an open mind for learning.
Note: Most of the exercises will be done lying on the floor.

There are only 12 places on each date, to book your place please contact Sarah at or visit