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

Our next meeting is on Saturday 28th September 2019 (see below)

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

The Bar Convent

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

To find the Bar Convent: The historically significant and architecturally notable Bar Convent is a five-minute walk from York Railway Station; at the station exit turn right onto Queen Street, follow the road round to the traffic lights, cross the road, turn right and the Bar Convent is immediately on your left. Park and ride buses from Askham Bar (White Line, No 3 service) stop outside the Everyman cinema; this is across the road from our venue. There is a pay-and-display car park close to the Bar Convent on Nunnery Lane – SATNAV YO23 1AA.




28           SEPTEMBER                       Daniel Grimley                                   Unfolding Elgar’s Sanguine Fan

Elgar’s 1917 ballet The Sanguine Fan, is one of his most delightful but neglected scores.  In this talk, Daniel will argue that the Sanguine Fan in fact constituted a means of mediating the processes of mourning, memorialisation and loss that lay at the heart of Elgar’s creative project during wartime. Daniel is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, and Douglas Algar Tutorial fellow at Merton College


26           OCTOBER                    Jonathan Wainwright                     Gerontius with MS notes on Elgar

A first-edition vocal score of The Dream of Gerontius (Novello, 1900) which once belonged to Elgar’s early biographer Robert J. Buckley, contains numerous, previously unnoticed, annotations in the hand of Edward Elgar himself. Jonathan will examine the significance of some of Elgar’s notes and annotations.

Jo Wainwright is Professor of Music at the University of York. He is a musicologist, conductor and performer.

 23         NOVEMBER                           Andrew Neill                                      Elgar’s Celtic Heroes

Andrew has been writing up CD notes on Grania and Diarmid as well as a forthcoming recording of Caractacus, and offers to share with us some of the highlights of his researches.

Andrew is a Vice-President  of the Elgar Society, a member of its London Branch and a past Chairman of the Society ( 1992-2008) and has contributed to four books on Elgar’ life and music.


On November 24th 2018 Dr Donald Hunt was to address the Yorkshire and North East branch meeting. Sadly that was not to be but he had given Caroline Gilderdale a copy of the script which he had prepared; it was read for us by Dr Simon Lindley. Caroline Gilderdale is seen here (left) conducting an ensemble comprising singers from the Yorkshire Bach Choir and York Cantores, performing a selection of Elgar’s church music, edited by Donald Hunt. Simon Lindley (right) accompanies.

Elgar had great respect and admiration for Hubert Parry – and publicly acknowledged the debt that he, in particular, and English music in general, owed to Parry.  The violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck has recently recorded a triple-disc set of Parry’s complete music for violin and piano, and is also currently editing all Elgar’s violin music. From this perspective, on Saturday March 23rd, he gave a talk to the Yorkshire and North East branch which described and demonstrated the two composers’ writing for violin; also revealing what their musical notations for the instrument can tell us of contemporary playing styles and characteristics.





Our meeting on Saturday May 4th featured live music performed by the Fairfax Ensemble.

Photo collage by Caroline Gilderdale.

Our meeting on Saturday 25 May featured  Jonathan Clinch who spoke on Elgar and Herbert Howells. Edward Elgar was one of the greatest influences on the young Herbert Howells and played an important practical role in his early career. Howells in turn dedicated the middle movement of his Concerto for String Orchestra of 1938 jointly to the memory of Elgar and Howells’ son Michael. Jonathan offered new insights into the nature of their relationship. Dr Jonathan Clinch is an organist, musicologist and Lecturer in Academic Studies at The Royal Academy of Music.


On Saturday 15th June  Rev. John Knowles spoke on  Elgar, Liverpool and Malcolm Sargent. John investigated the early links between Liverpool and Elgar and between Sargent and Elgar, as an introduction to Sargent’s Elgar performances with Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. John is presently the Chairman of the North West Branch of the Elgar Society.


Upcoming Performances of Elgar’s Music in Yorkshire and the North East

Saturday November 9th: Harrogate Royal Hall, 7.30

The Spirit Of England

The Music Makers

Sea Pictures

Harrogate Choral Society

The Amici Ensemble
Samantha Hay, Soprano
Gaynor Keeble, Mezzo Soprano
Andrew Padmore, Conductor

​Tickets for this concert are priced at £15 or £20 with £5 tickets available for students and IBA under 16s free when accompanied by an adult
Tickets will be on sale from 1st July from The Harrogate Box Office: ​Tel 01423 502116 (opening hours 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat)



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