Southern Branch


Branch Contact

Since the sad death of our Branch Secretary Wendy Wiseman, our Branch Chair David Pearce is acting as temporary contact via



Southern Branch has been established for over 25 years and organises meetings and events for members and the public living within Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex, Surrey and West Kent.
Unless otherwise stated, Southern Branch meetings and Events are held at ‘The Spring’ Arts and Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant P09 1BS, or St. Lawrence Parish Rooms, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LH
Visitors will be made very welcome. Both venues, readily accessible by road and rail, have limited parking. Winchester operates an efficient Park and Ride system.



Please note that some meetings below may be subject to a reduced audience size or such other Covid safeguards as may be announced in due course.

Some Elgar concerts in the Southern Branch area appear beneath our programme details.



Saturday 19th March, 2.00 pm

St. Lawrence Parish Rooms, Winchester SO23 9LH   

‘The Music Makers’ – a re-assessment of both poem and music

Elgar’s setting of Arthur O’Shaugnessy’s ‘Ode’ has been the subject of frequent critical maulings. A fresh look is needed at his under-rated masterpiece.  This talk by Duncan Eves, Vice Chair of Southern Branch, will be illustrated with excerpts not only from the published score, but also from some of Elgar’s sketches. 
This meeting will begin with a brief AGM.


Friday 25th March, 6.30 pm (pre-concert talk) & 7.30 pm

Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DH

Joint Meeting with Avon Valley Concert Society, including live performance of all three of Elgar’s chamber works

Southern Branch Chair David Pearce will give a pre-concert talk on Elgar’s chamber works at 6.30 pm.
The concert begins at 7.30 pm, performed by the Castalian String Quartet, who will be joined by Avon Valley Concert Society President Leon McCawley, to play the piano in the Quintet.
Tickets may be obtained from


Saturday 23rd April, 2.00 pm

The Spring, Havant PO9 1BS

Adrian Boult

The well-known conductor of Elgar’s works, Adrian Brown, presents a portrait of his conducting mentor, Sir Adrian Boult. Boult was, of course, a first-class Elgar conductor, but he also championed other music, including works that were considered ‘difficult’ and ‘modern.’
Adrian will provide many fascinating insights into Boult’s musical philosophy, technique and working relationships.


Saturday 14th May, 2.00 pm

St. Lawrence Parish Rooms, Winchester SO23 9LH

Elgar’s Part Songs

Michael Butterfield turns his attention to that most understated area of Elgar’s output, his part songs.  Michael will demonstrate that Elgar wrote part songs throughout his life and that they contain some of his most advanced musical ideas.


More meetings and events for 2022 to be announced soon!

We look forward to welcoming you!  


Some Elgar concerts in the Southern Branch Area:

Autumn Festival 2021 at St Mary’s Church and the Drill hall in Horsham, West Sussex

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th November

full details and booking:





This page last updated 9th November 2021