South Western Branch
Mr Michael Butterfield,
Tel: 0117 909 2503
The South Western Branch of the Elgar Society serves members who live in an area stretching from Cornwall to South Wales and is centred on Bristol.
PROGRAMME FOR 2017
Saturday 4 February 2.15
Annual General Meeting and Party
A brief formal meeting followed by a talk on Elgar’s interest in microscopy by our member Robert Muston, and by Michael Butterfield on Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan, followed by wine and fruit cake.
Saturday 18 February 2.15
Elgar’s Japes and Jokes
Dr. John Harcup has investigated Elgar’s very individual sense of humour and found him not to be the stern man seen in photographs.
Saturday 25 March 2.15
Elgar at Brinkwells
talks about Elgar’s life and music during his Brinkwells period.
Saturday 27 May 2.15
Michael Butterfield examines an aspect of Elgar’s choral writing that may not be widely known.
Saturday 24 June 2.15
Alice Stuart-Wortley and the 2nd Symphony.
Duncan Eves investigates the work’s composition and the lady’s influence on it.
Saturday 29 July 2.15
‘Edward Elgar from those of us who knew him’
Dr. Christopher Wiltshire introduces recordings and memories of people acquainted with our composer.
Saturday 30 September 2.15
Memories and Reflections.
The distinguished Elgar scholar and writer Diana McVeagh will talk about her career.
Saturday 28 October 2.15
The Music of William Hurlstone
Christopher Redwood introduces the music of this little-known British composer whom Elgar admired.
Saturday 25 November 2.15
The late Michael Kennedy
is remembered by his friend Andrew Neill, a former Chairman of the Elgar Society.
Saturday 16 December 12.30
Details of this lunch in Bristol, usually followed by a short but entertaining quiz, will be available nearer the time.
Meetings are held at The Bristol Music Club, 76 St. Paul’s Road, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 1LP.
Parking is available free at I Pembroke Road, opposite the Bristol Music Club at the junction with Queen’s Road. There is also an entrance with easier access in Queen’s Road just beyond the zebra crossing. Free street parking is also available nearby.
Buses: buses 8 and 9 stop near the Bristol Music Club. Alight by the Students’ Union in Queen’s Road or at the Victoria Rooms.
Members’ Guests are always welcome at our Branch meetings.