East Anglian

East Anglia


Branch Contact
Dr Christopher Wiltshire
11 Burlington Road

Telephone: 01473 254940


Tel: 0116 2677 372


Branch programme 2018-2019 — Location map — Previous seasons 

The East Anglian Branch of the Elgar Society meets on Saturday afternoons, seven or eight times per year, for illustrated talks by musicians, writers and Elgarian experts. There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcomed towards the running costs of the branch. Visitors and potential new members are always welcome; if you like the music of Elgar why not pay us a visit? Meetings are held in the Edmund Room (formerly the Lecture Room) at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, centrally located within East Anglia and with good transport links. From the main entrance on Angel Hill go down the steps, through the cloister and through the doorway on the right to find the staircase and lift up to the Edmund Room. Occasionally meetings are held instead in the Discovery Centre, adjacent to the Edmund Room at the top of the stairs.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral from the Abbey Gardens
St Edmundsbury Cathedral from the Abbey Gardens


A PDF file containing images of the full programme can be found using this link:


Saturday 19 October 2019 2.30 p.m.
Christopher Wiltshire
This is the final compilation of recorded voices
of those people who knew or were acquainted
with the composer, collected by Christopher
Wiltshire, secretary of the East Anglian branch. It is a
remarkable experience to listen to the voices of
Elgar’s contemporaries.
Saturday 8 February 2020, 2.30 p.m.
‘Use well the interval’
preceded by the branch AGM. at 2.00
Richard Edgar-Wilson is a local man, born and
living in Ipswich. He has become an internationally
known tenor soloist with an impressive
list of performances and recordings. He
regularly undertakes the role of Gerontius. It will be
fascinating to learn about the rewards and challenges
for the soloist in performance.
Saturday 21 March 2020, 2.30 p.m.
‘That sweet borderland’
Elgar lived in Hereford for eight years but had
close connections with the city for most of his
life. The title of this talk is that which adorns
Martin Passande’s booklet on the subject. He has lived
in Hereford and is a long-standing member of the
Elgar Society. He served as chairman of the London
branch and his service has been recognised by the
award of honorary membership.
Saturday 25 April 2020, 2.30 p.m.
Saturday 25 April 2020, 230 pm
‘My ideal’
Robert Schumann was among those composers
much admired by Elgar, and highly
influential on his musical development.
Stephen Johnson, the renowned and well known
music writer and broadcaster, explores Elgar’s
relationship to Schumann.
Saturday 20 June 2020, 2.30 p.m.
Gerald Finzi
Finzi is one of those sometimes underrated
British composers who have gradually become
better known and more often performed. He
was a remarkable polymath and interesting character
who died too young.
Paul Spicer is a leading choral conductor and
scholar. He has written and published extensively
about British twentieth-century music and made
many highly regarded recordings with a range of
choral groups, including the Finzi Singers.
Saturday 18 July 2020, 230 pm.
Elgar & Benjamin Britten
On the face of it, Elgar and Britten would appear
to have little in common. Indeed Britten’s
early diaries suggest no affinity. Relatively
little has been written about Britten’s attitude to
Elgar’s music. Yet several remarkable recorded performances
such as The Dream of Gerontius and Introduction
and Allegro demonstrate Britten’s deep understanding
of the composer. Philip Reed will explore this fascinating
relationship. He is a considerable authority on
Britten and co-edited the magisterial six volumes of
the composer’s letters. He lives in Suffolk and since
2001 has been Music Director of the Bury Bach Choir.

Click on this small map of Bury St Edmunds, centred on St Edmundsbury Cathedral, to open the full-size map, suitable for printing, in a new window:

Thumbnail map of Bury St Edmunds
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013

Alternatively, click here to view a Google map showing the cathedral, station and car parks.


For details of the past activities of the branch since it was re-founded in 2011, click on these thumbnail images to open PDF brochures for past seasons:

 East Anglian Branch brochure 2016-2017 Elgar & Vaughan Williams Day flyer East Anglian Branch brochure 2015-2016 East Anglian Branch brochure 2014-2015 East Anglian Branch brochure 2013-2014 East Anglian Branch brochure 2012-2013

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