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.



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.




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: boxoffice@sheffieldbachchoir.org.uk


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


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