South Western Branch



Branch Contact

Michael Butterfield,
14 Southdown Road,
Westbury onTrym,
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.


Saturday 27 January  2.15

Annual General Meeting and Party

A brief formal meeting at which future events and plans will be discussed, followed by mulled wine and a talk on the Piano Concerto Elgar may have planned.

Saturday 24 February 2.15

Elgar and Englishness

Martin Firth will talk about the nature of ‘Englishness’ in music with particular reference to Elgar’s music.

Saturday 24 March  2.15

‘Elgar and Me’

Dr. Donald Hunt, the distinguished Elgar scholar, will talk about the influence the composer has had on his life.

Saturday 28 April 2.15

Hubert Parry

Michael Trott presents ‘The Development of a Great Personality’.


Saturday 30 June 2.15

Froissart and Polonia

Michael Butterfield will compare and contrast Elgar’s first Symphonic Poem and his last.  The two  works are about 25 years apart.

Saturday 28 July 2.15

Nicholas Kilburn

Richard Westwood-Brookes

makes a welcome return visit to speak about another of Elgar’s influential friends.

Saturday 29 September 2.15

Alice Stuart-Wortley and the Second Symphony.

Duncan Eves continues his investigations into the work’s composition and the lady’s influence on it.

Saturday 27 October  2.15

Cyril Rootham

Christopher Redwood introduces the music of this fine Bristol-born composer who clashed with Elgar over their settings of For the Fallen.

Saturday 15 December  12.30

Christmas Lunch

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.

Bristol Music Club

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.

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