Yorkshire and North East Branch

Y & NE



Branch Contact

Paul Grafton,
Fair Winds,
Parsons Green,
LS22 6RQ

Tel: 01937 583723




We meet on designated Saturdays from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The Bedingfield Room
The Bar Convent
17-19 Blossom Street
YO24 1AQ

Admission is free; a charge of £3 is made for (optional) refreshments.




27 JANUARY   Annual General Meeting

Paul Kampen:  Elgar and the Horn

The Chairman and Treasurer will present their reports at a brief AGM and the meeting will elect a committee for the coming year.

Paul, a local Branch committee member, will talk about Elgar’s contemporary horn players and their instruments, illustrating this with horn passages from Elgar’s work.


17 MARCH   Barry Collett

Exploring Elgar’s lesser-known music

Barry Collett studied at Nottingham and Trinity College, London, gaining a Fellowship from Trinity and a Piano Diploma from the RCM.  He spent fifty years exploring Elgar’s work and his performance of totally unknown music earned him the Elgar Society Medal, its highest honour.  He was Director of Music at Rutland College until his retirement.  His previous talk to our Branch, in November 2015, was hugely appreciated.


21 APRIL   Live Music Programme – The Fairfax Ensemble

New colours in the music of Elgar and his contemporaries

Jo Peach and Amanda Crawley are delighted to be joined by their good friend Edwina Smith, flautist, in their programme this year.  This gives the opportunity for a little chamber music and a few flute and piano works.


26 MAY   Simon Lindley

The B(rema)  B(rand)  C(ammaerts) connections

Simon is an accompanist, organist, choral director and composer.  He is the grandson of Prof Emile Cammaerts, friend of Elgar in the early twentieth century, whose French texts the composer set during the darkest days of WW1.  His great-grandmother, Marie Brema, was the Angel in the 1900 première of The Dream of Gerontius at Birmingham.


16 JUNE   Geoff Scargill

Elgar and Germany

Geoff will talk about the influence of Wagner on Elgar’s music as a young man and the admiration for Elgar’s music in Germany up to the outbreak of WW1 and its neglect until recently.  The current revival has been aided by Daniel Barenboim, the Elgar Family Trust and the Elgar Friends’ Group, Germany.


22 SEPTEMBER  John Humphries

Never smile at the brass

John will investigate the orchestra in Elgar’s England from early Worcester days through to his celebrated recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra.  He will also compare orchestral conditions and the sonorities that would have been experienced by some of Elgar’s continental contemporaries such as Ravel, Strauss, Mahler and Debussy.


27 OCTOBER   Julian Rushton

The Black Knight: Elgar’s First Symphony?

The Black Knight is a choral and orchestral setting of a translation of a poem by Johann Ludwig Uhland: it is a choral ballad, without soloists, and is not a dramatic setting like his later cantatas, King Olaf and Caractacus.  Yet Elgar wrote of The Black Knight: “I intended the work to be a sort of symphony in four divisions founded on the poem”.


24 NOVEMBER   Dr Donald Hunt

Elgar’s Church Music

Dr Hunt has been involved with Elgar’s church music all his life as chorister, organist and conductor – and he has recorded much on the Hyperion label.  His career includes appointments at Leeds Parish Church and Worcester Cathedral and Artistic Director of the Three Choirs Festivals eight times.  Donald will be accompanied by a choir of experienced singers from the Yorkshire Bach Choir and Cantores.






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