West Midlands





Branch Contact 
Richard Smith
24 Crown Lea Avenue
WR14 2DP

Telephone: 01684 438358

west.midlands@elgar.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 programme of talks and a yearly ‘jaunt’ to places of interest.

In addition to our events programme, 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.

Unless otherwise stated, all events will take place in the Carice Elgar Room at ‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace, Crown East Lane, Worcester, WR2 6RH.

Programme for 2019

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 2.30 pm

‘The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne’: Elgar and Irish cultural Identity.

Andrew Neill

Formerly Chairman of the national Elgar Society, Andrew explores the background and musical influences behind George Moore’s Irish play ‘Grania and Diarmid.

‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace.

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 2.30 pm

‘One of the old school, solid, and good, and a gentleman’

Dr Jim Berrow

At Worcester Cathedral, between 1814 and 1950, there were only four incumbent organists and William Done served for 51 years. His pupil and successor, Hugh Blair, uncharacteristically survived for only two years. Done (1815-95) lived through a period of great change in the social, liturgical, and musical conduct of the English cathedrals and  had his fair share of difficulties with the Three Choirs Festivals, in particular an upset with Jenny Lind. The Elgar family regularly played for him and he provided generous access to the cathedral music library for the young Edward Elgar. This talk draws on many sources to paint a picture of the cathedral close in the second half of the nineteenth century and discuss some of Done’s pupils and their subsequent careers.

‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace.

Programme for 2020

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 2.30 pm

A recital by Rebecca Leggett (mezzo soprano)

A recital by the mezzo-soprano, Rebecca Leggett which will include a performance of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with piano  accompaniment. During the afternoon, our own Peter Sutton will talk on the subject “The Poetry of Sea Pictures.” Tickets are available (priced at £5 for members and £8 for visitors) from David Parkes by post at 2 Blackberry Lane, Little Dewchurch, Hereford HR2 6PZ (please make cheques out to “Elgar Society, WM Branch” and enclose a stamped addressed envelope.) Alternatively, phone David on 01432 840737 or email him at: theparkes@tiscali.co.uk and he will keep tickets for you to be paid for on the day.

‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace.

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 1.00 pm for 1.30 pm

Annual Branch Lunch

The Annual Branch lunch will be as usual at Christ Church Hall in Malvern. Full details and a booking form will appear with the winter edition of the West Midlands Branch Newsletter including menu choices. There will also be a small quiz and a raffle.

Christ Church Hall, Avenue Road, Malvern WR14 3AY



Location of St. Leonard’s Church of the Beauchamp Community, WR13 5AX

The location of St. Leonard’s is just off the main Worcester-Malvern Road (A.449) and is shown on the map below. There is no visitor parking on site, but there is ample parking on the road by the church. After arrival go through the big iron gates and, in front of you, will be big wooden doors. Go through the wicket-gate and turn left. The door you need to get to the Board Room will be clearly marked ‘ELGAR’. Someone will be there to guide you.


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