West Midlands Branch




Branch Contact

Richard Smith,
24, Crown Lea Avenue,
WR14 2DP

Tel: 01684 438358



It is generally agreed that the Elgar Society began its life in Worcester and Malvern in 1951 and the West Midlands Branch has continued to flourish since then. We have a membership of approximately 230, second only to London. We are also fortunate in being the ‘home’ Branch of the Elgar Birthplace with which we maintain a close relationship. In common with other Branches of the Society, we hold a regular programme of talks and a yearly ‘jaunt’ to places of interest (see below). Most of our meetings are held in the Carice Elgar Room at ‘The Firs’ Elgar’s Birthplace, Crown East Lane, Worcester, WR2 6RH. Other meetings are held at St. Leonard’s Church of the Beauchamp Community in Malvern (see below).

In addition to our events programme, we also publish a twice-yearly Newsletter which is distributed to members by post or email depending on their preference. We feel that this is an excellent way of communicating with our membership, especially to those who find it difficult to travel.

Programme for 2017

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 1.00 pm (please note earlier time)

‘Old England’

Hannah Roper and Adrian Partington

A recital by Hannah Roper (violin) and Adrian Partington (piano) to include the Violin Sonatas of Elgar and Coleridge Taylor with some of Elgar’s salon pieces among a range of other works. Carice Elgar Room, at Elgar’s Birthplace, Lower Broadheath, Worcester.

(Tickets £6 – ES Members £3 from David Parkes on 01432 840737 or by post – including a stamped addressed envelope -to 2 Blackberry Lane, Little Dewchurch, Hereford, HR2 6PZ or on the door)

Saturday, 2 December 2017, 2.30 pm

‘Elgar’s influence on my musical thinking’

Robert Saxton

A talk by the acclaimed composer, Robert Saxton, Professor of Composition at Oxford University and Fellow and Tutor of Worcester College, Oxford, Carice Elgar Room, at Elgar’s Birthplace, Lower Broadheath, Worcester.

Programme for 2018

Saturday, 13 January 2018, 2.30 pm

‘Cross against Corselet – Elgar, Longfellow and the Saga of King Olaf’

Professor John Hamilton

John Hamilton is the William R Kenan Professor of German and comparative Literature at Havard University. His talk will precede a performance of ‘King Olaf‘ at the Hereford Three Choirs Festival later in the year.

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12.30 for 1.00 pm

Annual Branch Lunch

The ever popular Branch Lunch will be held, as usual, at Christ Church Hall, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AY. Details and choices of menu will be given in the West Midlands Branch Newsletter or contact the Secretary (address above).

Saturday, 10 March 2018, 2.30 pm

Branch AGM followed by ‘Alice Elgar – Poet of her time’

Peter Sutton

Following the AGM, Peter Sutton will give another of his considered and entertaining talks and readings of the poetry of Alice Elgar at the Carice Elgar Room, at Elgar’s Birthplace, Lower Broadheath, Worcester.

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 2.30 pm

‘Sullivan without Gilbert – the complete Victorian man of music’

David Packman

One of our Committee Members, David Packman, an acknowledged expert on Gilbert and Sullivan, will give an illustrated talk on the music of Arthur Sullivan, a contemporary of Elgar. To be held in the Boardroom at St. Leonard’s church of the Beauchamp Community (address as below).


Location of St. Leonard’s Church of the Beauchamp Community, WR13 5AX

The location of St. Leonard’s is just off the main Worcester-Malvern Road (A.449) and is shown on the map below. There is no visitor parking on site, but there is ample parking on the road by the church. After arrival go through the big iron gates and, in front of you, will be big wooden doors. Go through the wicket-gate and turn left. The door you need to get to the Board Room will be clearly marked ‘ELGAR’. Someone will be there to guide you.


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