East Anglian Branch

East Anglia


Branch Contact

Dr Christopher Wiltshire
11 Burlington Road

Telephone: 01473 254940

Branch programme 2018-2019 — Location map — Previous seasons 

The East Anglian Branch of the Elgar Society meets on Saturday afternoons, seven or eight times per year, for illustrated talks by musicians, writers and Elgarian experts. There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcomed towards the running costs of the branch. Visitors and potential new members are always welcome; if you like the music of Elgar why not pay us a visit? Meetings are held in the Edmund Room (formerly the Lecture Room) at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, centrally located within East Anglia and with good transport links. From the main entrance on Angel Hill go down the steps, through the cloister and through the doorway on the right to find the staircase and lift up to the Edmund Room. Occasionally meetings are held instead in the Discovery Centre, adjacent to the Edmund Room at the top of the stairs.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral from the Abbey Gardens
St Edmundsbury Cathedral from the Abbey Gardens



Saturday 9 February 2019, 2.30 p.m.
Preceded by the AGM at 2pm
Andrew Neill
“My friend Michael Kennedy: in his words”
Andrew was a long serving National Chairman of the Elgar Society. Through his writing, talks and advocacy he has contributed a great deal to the success and development of the Society. Michael Kennedy was a doyen of Elgar  research and writing. He wrote the highly influential “life” of the composer in several editions and broadcast and contributed to numerous books articles and recording and programme notes. He was an intimate of Sir John Barbirolli and of Vaughan Williams and a long time supporter of the Halle Orchestra
Saturday 16 March 2019, 2.30 p.m.
Harvey Davies and Sarah Ewins
“Violin and piano sonatas in Elgars Day”
Saturday 27 April 2019, 2.30 p.m.
Dr Relf Clark
Elgar and Walton
Based on long term extensive research, Dr Clerk compares and contrasts the careers of these giants of English 20th century music
Saturday 18 May 2019, 2.30 p.m.
Arthur Reynolds
Elgar and Longfellow

 A lifelong devotee of the music of Edward Elgar, Arthur believes he owns the largest collection of Elgar memorabilia in private hands.  He has furnished numerous articles for the Elgar Society Journal and has given lectures to numerous Elgar Society Branches.  Arthur has served on the Elgar Society’s Council and is currently Chairman of North America Branch.

Arthur holds degrees in English from Columbia College, Columbia University, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, as well as an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Although living in the USA he spends as much time as possible in the UK.

Arthur’s talk will demonstrate Longfellow’s substantial influence on the choral and part-song music of Edward Elgar.  He will trace the parallel courses of their lives to compare and contrast the forces that shaped their work.  Whilst both were from provincial tradesman stock, Worcester’s tradesmen were viewed with disdain,whereas at Portsmouth, Maine’s yeomen were esteemed as the heroic figures who had recently won the War of Independence.  In terms of reputation, both rose high before they fell.  Arthur will tell us why.


Saturday 15 June 2019, 2.30 p.m.
Andrew Keener
Defusing the Red Light
Andrew Keener is an eminent record producer. He is associated with some of the finest commercial recordings made over the past 30 years and more. He has facilitated many great artists to set down their best recorded performances. We will hear his wealth of experience of working closely with these individuals.
Saturday 20 July 2019, 2.30 p.m.
Kevin Mitchell and Friends
The Sanguine Fan and Fringes of the Fleet

 This will be an audio-visual presentation given by 4 people giving the history of how each piece came to be written, the performances in 1917, their subsequent disappearance and revival years later.The speakers will be Kevin Mitchell with Stephen Harrow and Peter & Lyn Nixon.

Kevin has been a member of the Elgar Society for 45 years, is Vice-Chairman of the London Branch, has contributed articles to the Journal and edited the volume of essays Cockaigne 

Click on this small map of Bury St Edmunds, centred on St Edmundsbury Cathedral, to open the full-size map, suitable for printing, in a new window:

Thumbnail map of Bury St Edmunds
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013

Alternatively, click here to view a Google map showing the cathedral, station and car parks.


For details of the past activities of the branch since it was re-founded in 2011, click on these thumbnail images to open PDF brochures for past seasons:

 East Anglian Branch brochure 2016-2017 Elgar & Vaughan Williams Day flyer East Anglian Branch brochure 2015-2016 East Anglian Branch brochure 2014-2015 East Anglian Branch brochure 2013-2014 East Anglian Branch brochure 2012-2013 East Anglian Branch brochure 2011-2012

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