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.




21 JANUARY   Annual General Meeting

Philip Scowcroft: Elgar’s Declining Years?

The Branch’s Annual General Meeting will receive the Treasurer’s and Chairman’s Reports and elect a Committee for the coming year.  Philip Scowcroft, Y&NE Branch committee member, will critically examine the received wisdom that in his later years Elgar was musically in decline.


18 MARCH   Dr George Kennaway

Nightingale – or grumpy old man?

Dr Kennaway is a ‘cellist, conductor, teacher and musicologist.  For 28 years he was co-principal ‘cello in the Opera North Orchestra and his book, Playing the Cello 1780-1930, was published in 2014.  The first recordings of Elgar’s Cello Concerto were in 1928 – very different from each other – and they will be compared to modern performances.


29 APRIL   Live Music Programme – Josephine Peach and Amanda Crawley

Elgar and the world of organs and organists

We so often think of Elgar as a symphonic composer in the grand Edwardian style but his music and religious roots show us a very different personality: this cultural path continues today.


27 MAY   Richard and Joan Smith

Elgar’s American Visits

Elgar made four visits to America, liking some aspects of the country but hating others.  America’s early 20th-century industrial cities were an anathema to him (as were those of England) but he became friends with a number of Americans, two in particular.  Richard and Joan’s talk will examine and explain these discrepancies.


17 JUNE   Diana McVeagh


Diana McVeagh writes mainly about English romantic composers, with interests ranging from Josquin to Birtwistle. Her first Elgar book was published in 1955 and the second in 2007 and much has changed over those years, so she will offer some memories and reflections on the differences in that time.


23 SEPTEMBER   Dr John Harcup

Elgar’s Edwardian Era

Dr Harcup joined The Elgar Society in the mid-60s and researched Elgar’s life in Malvern and internationally.  The growth of his reputation started at the end of the 19th century and progressed into the Edwardian era, when Elgar became truly famous and in contact with the King.  It was a rich time for his compositions, especially the part songs.


21 OCTOBER   Dr Christopher Wiltshire

Elgar as we knew him

Dr Wiltshire will share with us his unique collection of recordings of conversations with people who knew Elgar.  His talk is illustrated with a series of edited audio clips together with images and music.  He is a lifelong Elgar lover and a member of The Elgar Society since 1974.


25 NOVEMBER   David Jenkins

Havergal and Edward

David looks at the relationship between Elgar and Havergal Brian, a young organist and budding composer.  Brian, aged 21 in 1896, was at the première of King Olaf.  Elgar was highly supportive of the young composer, who was one of his guests at the Festival in 1905, when Elgar was made a Freeman of the City of Worcester.



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