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 2021

Due to the current restricted of entry to ‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace at Lower Broadheath, all the talks listed below 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.


Next year we hope to return to ‘The Firs’ and we also hope that we will be able to re-instate our ever popular Branch Lunch.

Program for 2021

Saturday 13 November 2021, 2.30 pm

Roger Allen, Emeritus, Fellow of St. Peter’s College, Oxford

‘The sun goeth down’

Roger will talk on Elgar’s wonderful, but often neglected oratorio ‘The Kingdom.’ Sir Adrian Boult was known to have said ‘Gerontius is the work of a pure amateur when compared to ‘The Kingdom.’

Saturday 4 December 2021, 2.30 pm

Dr John Harcup, Chairman of the West Midlands Branch

‘Elgar – Inspired by…’

John will give an enhanced and extended  version of his previous Zoom talk on things beginning with the letter ‘P’ which inspired Elgar. It will be fully illustrated with musical extracts and pictures.

Program for 2022

Work on our programme for 2022 is well under way. We plan to (covid restrictions permitting) to hold monthly meetings throughout the year. These will be held at either Holy Trinity Church in Malvern or ‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace in Lower Broadheath, Worcester. We hope that you will also be pleased to hear that our annual Branch lunch will return on Saturday 19 February 2022 and will be held, as previously, at Christ Church Hall in Malvern.



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