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Branch Meetings are held at St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace Edinburgh, EH1 2DP from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Each meeting has a speaker presentation; live music provided by members or guest performers; and tea and cake refreshments.
Non-members are welcome to attend and encouraged to join the Elgar Society.
PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS 2017
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Michael Butterfield – “Elgar and Wagner” – the influence of Wagner on Elgar’s music
Sunday 5th November 2017
Arthur Reynolds – “Elgar and Longfellow”, examining how the composer used Longfellow’s words
ELGAR AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
Friday 11 August 2017, 8:00pm, Usher Hall
ELGAR – SCENES FROM THE SAGA OF KING OLAF
Philharmonia Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus S0loists – Erin Wall Soprano, Robert Dean Smith Tenor, and Matthew Rose Bass.
Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis
Saturday 12 August 2017, 7:45pm, Usher Hall
ELGAR FIRST SYMPHONY
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner
Wagner Overture to Rienzi. Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor (Paul Lewis Piano). Elgar Symphony No 1 in A flat
ELGAR AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE
“THERE IS SWEET MUSIC…” Recitals sponsored by the Elgar Society
Venue: St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, EH1 2DP
Tickets (per concert): £8 (£5) from the Fringe Box Office or on the door. Elgar Society members can claim concession price (contact Tom Kelly by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 07971 538250
Thursday 10 August 2017 at 2:30pm
Beyond Enigma – Judith Gardner Jones sings Elgar, with pianist Richard J Lewis
Elgar songs for solo voice with Judith Gardner Jones and pianist Richard J Lewis, and vocal trios with Madeleine Trépanier and Alicia Pettit.
Friday 11 August 2017 at 12:30pm
Elspeth Wyllie – Piano Recital – Elgar Enigmas
Elspeth Wyllie plays Elgar’s own transcription for piano of his ‘Enigma Variations’ and a selection of short pieces by other English composers. Elspeth is well-known throughout the UK (particularly in Scotland) and abroad as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist and has recently recorded Enigma Variations for Divine Art Recordings (DDA 25145).
Saturday 12 August 2017 at 10:30am
Elgar and his Contemporaries -Music for horn and piano performed by Neil and Gill Mantle
An ear-opening recital of music for Horn and Piano – including an Elgar first – by leading Edinburgh musicians, Neil and Gill Mantle.
ELGAR ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS IN SCOTLAND 2017-18
Thursday 28 September 2017, 7.30pm City Halls, Glasgow
BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ELGAR AND TIPPETT
Elgar Sospiri and Sea Pictures (soloist: Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano). Tippett Symphony No 3 (soloist: Elizabeth Watts, soprano)
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Thursday 5 October 2017, 7.30pm Caird Hall, Dundee
Friday 6 October 2017, 7.30pm Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Saturday 7 October 2017, 7.30pm Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
RSNO – OUNDJIAN AND BENEDETTI
Higgins Velocity (Scottish premiere) Stravinsky The Rite of Spring Elgar Violin Concerto (soloist: Nicola Benedetti, violin)
Conductor: Peter Oundjian
Sunday 26 November 2017, 2.00pm HM Theatre, Aberdeen
BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ENIGMA VARIATIONS
Grieg Holberg Suite Glazunov Violin Concerto (soloist: Roman Simović, violin)
Elgar Variations on an original theme (Enigma)
Conductor: John Wilson
Sunday 28 January 2018, 7.45pm St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh
SCOTTISH SINFONIA – ELGAR CONCERT
Introduction and Allegro for Strings,
Excerpts from “The Kingdom” (soloists: Emma Morwood, soprano; Marion Ramsay, alto; Malcolm Bennett, tenor; John Arthur, bass).
Symphony No 2 in Eb major
Conductor: Neil Mantle
Wednesday 7 February 2018, 7.30pm New Auditorium, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
RSNO CONCERT PREVIEW FOR ELGAR FIRST SYMPHONY
Ahead of the concert performance of Elgar’s First Symphony, Karl-Heinz Steffens (presenter) John Whitener (tuba player) and the full RSNO dive deep beneath the notes, talking, playing and using live musical examples to unpick the layers and legends that make this symphony so much more than just a very British masterpiece.
Friday 9 February 2018, 7.30pm Usher Hall, Edinburgh
RSNO CONCERT – ELGAR FIRST SYMPHONY
Saturday 10 February 2018, 7.30pm Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Britten An American Overture Schumann Cello Concerto (soloist; Jan Vogler, cello) Elgar Symphony No 1
Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens
Thursday 15 February 2018, 7.30pm* City Halls, Glasgow
Sunday 18 February 2018, 3pm Usher Hall, Edinburgh
BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA-ELGAR AND WALTON
Elgar Overture: Cockaigne (In London Town) Cello Concerto (soloist: Leonard Elschenbroich, cello)
Walton Symphony No 1
Conductor: John Wilson
*Thursday 15 February 2018, 6.45pm in the Recital Room
* Prelude to Glasgow Concert
Iain Farrington, General Editor of the Elgar Complete Edition talks about Elgar’s Cello Concerto and its links with Walton.