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 2020

Due to the present situation with the outbreak of Corona Virus, all future meetings and events have been cancelled or postponed. This includes the National AGM 

You will probably have realised that ‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace, has been closed in line with the National Trust’s guidelines.

Our planned events from September 2020 are as follows and hopefully, will still take place. Please refer to this site for updates.

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 2.30 pm

Dr John Harcup: ‘Elgar’s inspirational sources – pets, poetry, places and people’

Our Branch Chairman explores the sources that inspired Elgar’s music. They fall into four groups each beginning with the letter ‘p’.

‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace.

Saturday, 10 October 2020, 2.30 pm

Ken Crump: ‘When I was at the asylum’ 

A look at the Worcester County and City asylum by Ken Crump, who nursed at Powick Hospital, and who will look back at Elgar’s time as Asylum Bandmaster between 1879 and 1884. His illustrative talk will include some of the ‘Powick Music.’  

‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace.

Friday 6 November 2020, 7.00 pm

RGS Worcester Concert

Young musicians from the Royal Grammar School at Worcester will give a concert.

‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace.

Saturday, 5 December 2020, 2.30 pm

Dr Roger Allen: ‘The sun goeth down’ 

Dr Allen, Emeritus Fellow in Music of Worcester College, Oxford, investigates Elgar’s ‘The Kingdom’ from the wider European perspective.

‘The Firs’, Elgar’s Birthplace

Needless to say, your Chairman and Committee are and extremely sorry that this has come to pass. Meanwhile we wish you all the best and hope the you all manage to stay healthy.







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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