North West Branch
David L Jones
Spath Lane East,
Tel: 0161 439 7176
The North West Branch was inaugurated in 1978. In the early years, it was centred in Liverpool. In 1984, the centre of activity was moved to Manchester where it has since remained. We currently have 127 members who reside in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales and Staffordshire. A number of additional members, living further afield, have designated us as their second branch. Meetings are held monthly between October and May and, unless otherwise indicated, they will take place on Saturday afternoons (beginning at 2.30 p.m.) in the Lecture Theatre at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Our distinguished speakers present illustrated talks on the life and music of Elgar. In addition, we aim to have occasional meetings devoted to other British composers and to live music. Our AGM is held in January and we now intend to hold a formal presentation either before or after the AGM.
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OUR NEXT MEETING
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PROGRAMME FOR 2017 – 2018
(Meetings are held in the Lecture Theatre at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, unless otherwise indicated)
Saturday, 07 October 2017, 2.30 p.m.
Elgar and Me
The subject (in Donald’s own words) will “trace the influence of Elgar on my career from chorister to conductor”. Donald has had a distinguished career with Worcester Cathedral and The Three Choirs Festival. He will illustrate his talk on the piano.
Saturday, 04 November 2017, 2.00 p.m.
The Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool
(please note the venue and the earlier start time for this meeting)
AMANDA CRAWLEY (soprano) and JOSEPHINE PEACH (piano)
Elgar: His Contemporaries and The Music of The Great War
A lecture recital based on the songs and piano music of Sir Edward Elgar and some of his more important contemporaries during the time of The Great War – with music from England and the continent of Europe.
Saturday, 02 December 2017, 2.30 p.m.
Elgar as remembered in Radio Interviews by Those who knew Him
Chris will provide a fascinating afternoon of oral history using material taken from radio interviews and it will be illustrated with good supporting slides and music.
Saturday, 20 January 2018, 2.00 p.m.
(please note the earlier start time at 2.00 p.m.)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Diffusing the Red Light
Andrew Kenner, who is an independent record producer, talks about his work in the recording studio with various soloists and conductors – many of them well known Elgarians.
Saturday, 25 February 2018, 12.30 for 1.00 p.m.
The Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport
THE ELGAR SOCIETY
NORTH WEST BRANCH
(with a guest speaker t.b.a.)
Sunday, 24 March 2018, 2.30 p.m.
A German Enthusiast’s Love of Elgar
Wolfgang is the most enthusiastic of our Society members in Germany. He is the organiser of a special website dedicated to Elgar, and of ‘Mr Phoebus’ – the online newsletter of the Elgar Freundeskreis (friends of Edward Elgar in Germany) a publication which now has Daniel Barenboim and Sir Peter Jonas as its patrons. He has also given several pre-concert talks about Elgar, and his English is outstanding.
Saturday, 28 April 2018, 2.30 p.m.
DR RELPH CLARK
Elgar and Walton
Relph Clark’s presentation will begin by comparing and contrasting the family backgrounds of Elgar and Walton and their remarkably different careers, particular emphasis being placed on the role of Christ Church, Oxford. He will examine the two composers’ personalities by reference to such things as Elgar’s literariness and his attitude towards honours, and will conclude by reviewing the essential differences between them as composers.
Saturday, 19 May 2018, 2.30 p.m.
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Conference Room
(please note the upstairs venue at the RNCM for this meeting)
Elgar and Brinkwells
Geoff, who is our new NW Branch Treasurer, has personal knowledge of Brinkwells from a music student’s point of view. He will talk about the chamber music which Elgar composed at this venue and his talk will be illustrated by recorded music.
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MOST OF OUR MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC –
124, OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER M13 9RD (Our meetings normally begin at 2.30 P.M.)
(UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED IN THE BRANCH PROGRAMME)
The RNCM is situated one mile to the south of Manchester City Centre. There are frequent bus services from central Manchester to the RNCM including links with Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria Railway Stations. There are several car parks offering secure parking close to the RNCM:
The RNCM secure underground car park, is located next to the College in the basement of the Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, off Rosamund Street West (Open from 5 p.m. on weekday evenings and anytime over weekends and bank holidays) £3.50 per car – payable on exit from the car park
The University of Manchester car park which is situated off Higher Cambridge Street* (Open 6am – midnight)
(NB *the entrance and exit from Booth Street West, opposite to the RNCM, is now closed – use the entrance on Higher Cambridge Street)
The Aquatics Centre car park which is situated off Booth Street East (Open 6am – 11pm)
(Please note that car parks 2 and 3 are not run by the RNCM)
(map and parking details included courtesy of the RNCM website)
(NW Branch webpage last updated on 27 July 2017 by David L Jones)