North West Branch



Branch Contact

David L Jones
Willowbrook House,
Spath Lane East,
Cheadle Hulme,

Tel: 0161 439 7176


The North West Branch was inaugurated in 1978. In the early years, it was centred in Liverpool. Thirty years ago (1984) the centre of activity was moved to Manchester where it has remained. We have approximately 120 members who reside in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales and Staffordshire. A number of additional members, living further afield, have designated us as their second branch. Meetings are held monthly between October and May and, unless otherwise indicated, they will take place on Saturday afternoons (beginning at 2.30 p.m.) at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Our distinguished speakers present illustrated talks on the life and music of Elgar. In addition, we also aim to have occasional meetings devoted to other British composers and to live music. Our AGM is held in January and the last meeting of our season usually takes the form of a full-day coach outing to various places of interest (often with an Elgar connection). Visitors and prospective members are always welcome to attend our meetings although we do hope to attract new members.


To view or save a copy of the NW Branch Newsletter issued in August 2016 (it is divided into two because of media file size restrictions) download the relevant pdf file by clicking on the appropriate link below (note: to close the pdf file after viewing it, use the back arrow on your browser to avoid inadvertently exiting from the website):

NW Branch Newsletter – Pages 1 to 8

NW Branch Newsletter – Pages 9 to 16


To view or save an A4 pdf file with details of the next meeting, download the file by clicking on this link: (exit using the back arrow)

NW Branch Meeting – Saturday, 13 May 2017

PROGRAMME FOR 2016 – 2017

(Meetings are held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, unless otherwise indicated)


Saturday, 8 October 2016, 2.30 p.m.

‘Elgar, Richter and the Building of a Hallé Tradition’ (Eleanor Roberts)

The Hallé has a very unique relationship with Elgar and his music dating back to the days of Hans Richter. Eleanor’s talk will describe how this relationship evolved during Elgar’s lifetime and how his music became part of the Hallé tradition. 

Saturday, 29 October 2016, 2.30 p.m.

‘A Tribute to Pat Hurst’ (Roger Hurst)

Roger will be talking about Pat and her interest in music. He will also be playing examples of recorded music which had special significance for Pat. This additional meeting in our coming season will provide an opportunity for us to acknowledge and appreciate Pat’s unique and very personal service to the branch during her 26 years as secretary. Please note: This additional meeting is NOT shown in the printed NW branch programme for 2016-2017 as it was arranged after the programme had gone to print.

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 2.30 p.m.

‘Reminiscences’ (Diana McVeagh)

Diana tells us that her talk will cover roughly the changes in the perception of Elgar’s music since the publication of her first book in 1955.

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 2.30 p.m.

‘Violin and Piano Sonatas in Elgar’s Day’ (Harvey Davies [piano] and Sarah Ewins [violin])

Harvey Davies and Sarah Ewins are both professional musicians who will look at the works of various composers and will also include a live performance of Elgar’s Op. 82 (Violin and Piano Sonata).

Saturday, 14 January, 2017, 2.00 p.m.

(Please note the earlier start time) 

Annual General Meeting

(Plus presentation and recital by Harvey Davies and Sarah Ewins originally planned for December 2016 – see above for details)

Sunday, 12 February 2017, 12.30 for 1.00 p.m.

Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport.

The Elgar Society, North West Branch, Annual Luncheon

(Our guest speaker will be Paul Grafton) 

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2.00 p.m.

The Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool

(Please note the earlier start time and venue) (also the change from the previously advertised programme)

‘My friend, Michael Kennedy’ (Andrew Neill)

Andrew Neill, a distinguished Elgarian and former Chairman of the Elgar Society, has now kindly agreed to talk to us about his dear friend, Michael Kennedy. We will thus have one eminent Elgarian talking to us about another eminent Elgarian, music critic and distinguished author.

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2.30 p.m.

‘Memories for Pleasure’ (Joyce Kennedy)

We extend a warm welcome to our NW Branch Patron who will describe for us (in a Desert Island Discs type of programme – but not an exact copy) the memories which have given her so much pleasure. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017  (date confirmed)

(The coach will leave from outside the RNCM at 9.00 a.m.)

Our North West Branch Day Out

John Mawbey will, as usual, be organising our splendid annual outing which, on this occasion, will feature a repeat and just-not-to-be-missed appearance of the ‘Elgarians Express’ – with a chance to ride behind a real steam engine on the Severn Valley Railway. There will also be time for visiting other areas in the Severn Valley – e.g. Bewdley and Bridgnorth.

To view or save an A4 pdf file of the NW Branch colour programme, download the file by clicking on the thumbnail image below:

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ES NWB Programme 2016-2017

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ES NWB B&W Programme 2016-2017



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124, OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER M13 9RD  (Our meetings normally begin at 2.30 P.M.)


The RNCM is situated one mile to the south of Manchester City Centre. There are frequent bus services from central Manchester to the RNCM including links with Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria Railway Stations. There are several car parks offering secure parking close to the RNCM.

1. RNCM secure underground car park, located next to the College in the basement of the Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, off Rosamund Street West (Open from 5 pm weekday evenings, and anytime over weekends and bank holidays) £3.50 per car – payable on exit from the car park

2. The University of Manchester car park which is situated off Higher Cambridge Street* (Open 6am – midnight)

(NB *the entrance and exit from Booth Street West, opposite to the RNCM, is now closed – use Higher Cambridge Street entrance)

3. The Aquatics Centre car park is situated off Booth Street East    (Open 6am – 11pm)

Please note that car parks 2 and 3 are not run by the RNCM

(map and parking details included courtesy of the RNCM website)   

(NW Branch webpage last updated on 09 May 2017 by David L Jones)

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