Dr Christopher Wiltshire
11 Burlington Road
Telephone: 01473 254940
Tel: 0116 2677 372
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
BRANCH PROGRAMME 2018-2019
A PDF file containing images of the full programme can be found using this link:
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
‘Use well the interval’
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.
‘That sweet borderland’
ELGAR AND HEREFORD
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.
ELGAR AND SCHUMANN
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.
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.
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.
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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: