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 2017
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.