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

The Bar Convent

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.



Members will have heard the news of the sad death of Dr Donald Hunt. 
Donald was due to deliver a talk on Elgar’s church music, accompanied by a small vocal ensemble, who were to perform some of Elgar’s anthems.
As a tribute to a man who has done so much to promote interest in Elgar and his music, Donald’s talk will now be presented by Dr Simon Lindley, with singers directed by Caroline Gilderdale.





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.

Tickets £20, £15 & £10 available from: Leeds Town Hal City Centre Box Office Tel: 0113 3760318. email:boxoffice@leeds.gov.uk

ALSO: Janet Cade 01943 862295 or LPC: tickets@leedsphil.com


Saturday 3rd November, Wakefield Cathedral, 7.00 pm: Elgar The Spirit of England and The Music Makers. Yorkhire Philharmonic Choir; The Amici Orchestra; Gaynor Keeble, Mezzo, and Ben Thapa, Tenor. Andrew Padmore, conductor.

Tickets: https://www.yorkshirephilharmonicchoir.co.uk/online-store


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, Leeds Town Hall: 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, Leeds Town Hall: 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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