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 seeks a new volunteer Secretary

Good News! Live Meetings to resume with a talk by our new National Chair, Stuart Freed – see details below



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.



Saturday 25th September, 2.30 pm

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant PO9 1BS   

A Form of Genius: the life and work of Gordon Jacob.

The composer and teacher Gordon Jacob (1895-1984) is chiefly remembered by us for his orchestration of Elgar’s Organ Sonata Op. 28, in response to a suggestion from Adrian Boult. We warmly welcome  Stuart Freed, the new National Chair of The Elgar Society and former Chair of Southern Branch, to speak about this multi-talented but under-valued musician.   

Covid-19 precautions:

To safeguard those attending we will be encouraging the wearing of face masks and limiting numbers to a maximum of 30 people. Please email our Southern Branch Vice Chair Duncan Eves at to book a place. There will be a brief interval during which the duty manager at The Spring will provide pre-ordered hot and cold drinks.

Kindly note that this meeting commences at a later time than usual.

We look forward to welcoming you!  


This page last updated 7th September 2021