North West Branch
The North West branch of the Society was formed in 1976 and for the first eight years met in Liverpool. In 1984, the branch relocated to Manchester and made the Royal Northern College of Music its base. The branch meets between six and eight times a year; its season runs from October to May. Most meetings take place on a Saturday starting at 3.00pm and last for approximately two hours.
Elgar had many connections with the North of England, with close friends in Liverpool (Alfred Rodewald) and at Settle in Yorkshire (Dr Charles Buck). The first performance of Elgar's Symphony No 1 in A flat major was given in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester by the Hallé Orchestra. It was conducted by the orchestra's principal conductor Dr Hans Richter, a keen champion of Elgar's music and the "true artist and true friend" to whom Elgar dedicated the symphony. Of these connections, the branch is justly proud.
The branch is also proud of its close links with Chethams school of music in Manchester. In 1993, the branch sponsored a concert given by the school's orchestra which included the Elgar Violin Concerto. A competition among scholars for the role of soloist in the performance was won by Ruth Williams, a talented young violinist who went on to play with the European Youth Orchestra.
Programme for 2011-2012
PROGRAMME FOR 2012 - 1213
8 December 2012
Elgar in the Recording studio
David Jones will give his presentation
in the Conference Suite on the first floor
19 January 2013
The AGM to be held at the
RNCM at 2.00. After the meeting, it
being our first in the New Year,
your Committee is offering its
hospitality with some musical surprises!
24 February 2013
The Elgar Luncheon
To be held at the Pinewood
12.30 for 1.00
Our Guest Speaker to be
announced (for details contact
John Mawbey on 0161 485 6356)
9 March 2013
Michael Kennedy will talk
on this wonderful Oratorio
13 April 2013
Caractacus: there are Druids on
the Malverns. Paul Spicer will give
18 May 2013
A visit to York
We shall visit the Bar Convent for
lunch, followed by a guided tour of
York Minster. Evensong is at 5.15
with some music by Elgar.
(contact John Mawbey)
ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC,
OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER COMMENCING AT 2.30 pm UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED