Yorkshire and North East Branch
Tel: 01937 583723
A VERY WARM WELCOME TO ALL!
We meet on designated Saturdays from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Bedingfield Room
The Bar Convent
17-19 Blossom Street
Admission is free; a charge of £3 is made for (optional) refreshments.
PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS FOR 2018
22 SEPTEMBER Professor 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”.
27 OCTOBER 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.
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.
PROGRAMME FOR 2019
26 January AGM & Tony Pook Elgar: The Concert Overtures
23 March Rupert Marshall-Luck Elgar and Parry: Writing for the Violin
04 May Fairfax Ensemble Details TBA
25 May Jonathan Clinch Elgar and Herbert Howells
22 June Stuart Freed The Lighter Side of Elgar
28 September Daniel Grimley Unfolding Elgar’s Sanguine Fan
26 October Jonathan Wainwright Gerontius
23 November Andrew Neill Elgar’s Celtic Heroes
Forthcoming Performances of Works by Elgar in Yorkshire and the North East
Sunday 21 October 2018, Leeds Town Hall at 3.00pm: Elgar Cockaigne Overture, The Spirit of England and Lux Aeterna (Nimrod). Also includes music by Walton, John Williams, Eric Whitacre, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus; Airedale Symphony Orchestra; Jacqueline Cima, Leader; Sarah Power, soprano and John Anderson, conductor.
Thursday 8 November 2018, 7.30: St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield
Bridge String Quartet, Michael Dussek. Elgar: Piano Quintet.
Programme, all English, otherwise made of vocal works by Butterworth, Gurney, and Vaughan Williams (On Wenlock Edge), singer Charles Daniels.
Saturday November 10 2018 – 7.30pm, Priory Place Methodist Church, Doncaster: The Spirit of England. Also includes Karl Jenkins The Armed Man. Doncaster Choral Society; the National Festival Orchestra, leader Sally Robinson; Debra Morley, soprano; Alison Hudson, contralto, Ranald McCusker, tenor; Alex Ashworth, bass, Simon Lindley, conductor. Concert sponsored by DCS Millennium Club.
Tickets from Cast Ticket Office: Tel: 01302 303 959 or www.castdoncaster.com
Saturday November 17th 2018 – 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral: The Spirit of England. Also includes Karl Jenkins The Armed Man and Blatchly For The Fallen. Sheffield Bach Choir, Choristers from Sheffield Cathedral Choir ; the National Festival Orchestra, leader Sally Robinson; Nicola Hooke, soprano, Hannah Mason, mezzo soprano; Jeremy Dawson, tenor; Thomas Asher, bass; Simon Lindley, conductor.
Tickets £16 (Concession £13) from (please enclose s.a.e.) Sheffield Bach Society, Box Office, 3 Tapton Mews, Tapton Crescent Road, Sheffield S10 5AE. Enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 13th April 2019: Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar: Cello Concerto
If it’s all as good as the finale he played after the Young Musician final, it’ll be excellent! Other works by Rautavaara, Takemitsu, and Sibelius Symphony No. 2. Japan Philharmonic orch., cond. Pietari Inkinen
Pre concert talk 6.45 by Dr George Kennaway
Saturday 1st June 2019: The Dream of Gerontius.
Sarah Connolly, Barry Banks, David Soar. Leeds Festival chorus and Leeds Philharmonic chorus, Hallé, cond. Simon Wright.
pre concert talk Dan Holden