West Midlands





Branch Contact 
Richard Smith
24 Crown Lea Avenue
WR14 2DP

Telephone: 01684 438358

west.midlands@elgarsociety.org or rsmith8631@aol.com


It is generally agreed that the Elgar Society began its life in Worcester and Malvern in 1951 and the West Midlands Branch has continued to flourish since then. We have a membership of approximately 230, second only to London. We are also fortunate in being the ‘home’ Branch of the Elgar Birthplace with which we maintain a close relationship. In common with other Branches of the Society, we hold a regular program of talks and a yearly ‘jaunt’ to places of interest.

In addition to our events program, we also publish a twice-yearly Newsletter which is distributed to members by post or email depending on their preference. We feel that this is an excellent way of communicating with our membership, especially to those who find it difficult to travel.

Venue for 2022

At present, all the talks listed below, with the exception of the Annual Lunch and the 3Choirs Festival events will take place at Holy Trinity Church Hall at 1 North Malvern Road, Malvern, WR14 4LR. This has been chosen because of its excellent facilities and ample room for social distancing. Members and non-members of the Elgar Society are most welcome.

Directions: When coming from Great Malvern turn off the A.449 (Great Malvern – Worcester road) at the traffic lights for Leigh Sinton B.4503 and West Malvern and there are several parking areas near the Church and Church Hall.

Program for 2022

Saturday, 22 January 2.30 pm

David Packman

‘Secular and Sacred’

The differing approaches of Sullivan and Elgar to setting words to music.

Saturday, 19 February, 1.00 pm for 1.30

Annual Branch Lunch

at Christ Church Hall, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AY. (Full details and booking form will appear with the winter 2021/2022 Branch Newsletter)

Saturday, 19 March, 2.30 pm

Robert Saxton

“Being a composer”

Robert, recently retired Professor of composing at Oxford University, will talk on what it means to be a composer in our changing world in practice and educationally”

Saturday, 9 April, 2.30 pm

AGM followed by Richard Smith 

“Elgar’s visit to Delius in 1933″

A short illustrated talk on Elgar’s visit to Delius in France in March 1933 by the Secretary of the West Midlands Branch.

Saturday, 14 May, 2.30 pm

Wendy Hill

“Young Elgar – ‘from Lower Broadheath to Nimrod.”

Wendy, former National Secretary of the Elgar Society will explore Elgar’s early years.

Saturday, 11 June, 2.30 pm

John Knowles 

“Sargent and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra”

John, Chairman of the North-West Branch of the Elgar Society, will talk on Sir Malcolm Sargent at the LPO during World War 2.

Thursday, 28 July, 11.45 am

Nicholas Cleobury

“Elgar the master orchestrator”

The Elgar Society lecture at the 3 Choirs Festival Lecture in Hereford – venue to be announced.

Thursday, 28 July, 1.15 pm

Elgar Society Lunch at the 3 Choirs Festival.

This will take place at The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9BG.

Booking for both 3 Choirs events only via the Festival website booking@3choirs.org or telephone 01452 768 928 (Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm). General booking begins on 2 June 2022.

Saturday, 10 September, 2.30 pm

Anwen Mai Thomas

A harp recital

Anwen is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Saturday, 15 October, 2.30 pm

Jonathan Hope

“Elgar at the console”

Jonathan, the assistant organist and Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, discusses the Organ Sonata and Vesper Voluntaries amongst other works and explores transcriptions by Atkins and Brewer, plus his own work on In the South’ and ‘Froissart’, which he has recently recorded.

Saturday, 12 November, 2.30 pm

Ken Crump 

“When I was at the Asylum”

Ken discusses his experiences as a nurse at the Powick Hospital and plays some of Elgar’s music from the latter’s time as Band-Master.

Saturday, 3 December, 2.30 pm

David Parkes

“Musical education in the state system”

David Parkes reviews the 30 years he spent lecturing and teaching during what, in retrospect, looks like a golden era for musical education in what the Public Schools like to refer to as ‘the maintained sector.’



Link to Ross Classical Music Society click here

Link to Chandos Symphony Orchestra click here

Link to Malvern Festival Chorus click here

Other Branches

East Anglian  East Midlands  London  North American  North West  Scottish  Southern  South Western  Yorkshire & North East