North West Branch

 

Branch Contact

David L Jones
Willowbrook House,
Spath Lane East,
Cheadle Hulme,
Cheshire,
SK8 7NL

Tel: 0161 439 7176
north.west@elgar.org

INTRODUCTION

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 125 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.) 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 hold a formal presentation either before or after the AGM. Our February meeting is, by tradition, our The North West Branch annual Sunday luncheon.

BRANCH NEWSLETTER

To view or save a copy of the NW Branch Newsletter issued in August 2018 download the relevant pdf file by clicking on the appropriate link below

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NW Branch Newsletter – August 2018

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PROGRAMME FOR 2018 – 2019

(Meetings are held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, unless otherwise indicated)

To view or save an A4 pdf file of the now revised NW Branch colour programme, download the file by clicking on the thumbnail image below:

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OUR NEXT MEETING

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 NW Branch Meeting on Saturday 3rd November

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PROGRAMME FOR 2018 – 2019

 

Saturday, 06 October 2018, 2.30 p.m.

JULIAN RUSHTON

The Black Knight, Elgar’s First Symphony?

The Black Knight is a choral ballad, but Elgar ‘intended the work to be a sort of symphony’. Why was this important to him?

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Saturday, 03 November 2018, 2.00 p.m.

The Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool

(please note the venue and the earlier start time for this meeting)

JOHN KNOWLES

Elgar, Liverpool and Malcolm Sargent

Early links between Liverpool and Elgar and between Sargent and Elgar –

as an introduction to Sargent’s Elgar performances with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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Saturday, 08 December 2018, 2.30 p.m.

RICHARD AND JOAN SMITH

Elgar in America

Elgar visited America four times. His initial visit was quite a happy one, but he later began to dislike many aspects of the country.

Nevertheless, two of his greatest friends were American.  Richard and Joan explore these apparent contradictions.

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Saturday, 19 January 2019, 2.00 p.m.

(please note the earlier start time at 2.00 p.m.)

STEVEN HALLS

“Filling the Gaps”

Elgar Society Chairman, Steven Halls, will here be talking to us about The Elgar Society and its various links with the recordings of Elgar’s music. 

(followed by)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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Sunday, 17 February 2019, 12.30 for 1.00 p.m.

The Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport

THE ELGAR SOCIETY

NORTH WEST BRANCH

ANNUAL LUNCHEON

(with a guest speaker t.b.a.)

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Saturday, 09 March 2019, 2.30 p.m.

PETER NEWBLE

Judas Iscariot in music: Elgar’s Apostles and beyond

Elgar’s portrayal of Judas in The Apostles –

Peter describes it as Elgar’s deepest character study and a turning point in the portrayal of Judas in music.

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Saturday, 06 April 2019, 2.30 p.m.

DAVID JONES

Barbirolli and Elgar

An audio-visual presentation which gives an in-depth look at Barbirolli’s many concert performances and numerous recordings of Elgar’s music. These are surveyed in the context of Barbirolli’s lengthy and industrious professional career as cellist and conductor.

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Saturday, 18 May 2019, 2.30 p.m.

KEVIN MITCHELL, STEPHEN HARROW, PETER AND LYN NIXON

Elgar, Blackwood, and The Starlight Express

An audio-visual presentation showing how the work came to be written, the 1916 performances, and its subsequent history.

The presentation will deal with later attempts to revive the work and the later recordings, and its importance to Elgar and Blackwood

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At a date and venue to be announced

A SUMMER EVENT

We hope to be able to arrange a special summer event in June or July – after the main season of programmes has ended.

Details will be announced later.

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LOCATION

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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, no longer exists – 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)   

(NWB webpage last updated on 24 October 2018 by David L Jones)

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