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 24th November (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.





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



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, CAST Theatre, Doncaster DN1 3BU: 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




Friday 08th March 2019, Sheffield City Hall: Enigma Variations plus music by Sibelius, Mozart and Vaughan-Williams. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Anu Tali.

For tickets contact: 0114 2 789 789


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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