North West

North West Branch

 

Branch Contact 

David L Jones
Willowbrook House
Spath Lane East
Cheadle Hulme
Cheshire
SK8 7NL

Telephone: 0161 439 7176

north.west@elgar.org

 

INTRODUCTION

The North West Branch was inaugurated in 1978. In the early years, it was centred in Liverpool. In 1984, the centre of activity was moved to Manchester where it has since remained. We currently have 125 members who reside in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales and Staffordshire. A number of additional members, living further afield, have designated us as their second branch. Meetings are held monthly between October and May and, unless otherwise indicated, they will take place on Saturday afternoons (beginning at 2.30 p.m.) at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Our distinguished speakers present illustrated talks on the life and music of Elgar. In addition, we aim to have occasional meetings devoted to other British composers and to live music. Our AGM is held in January and we now hold a formal presentation either before or after the AGM. Our February meeting is, by tradition, our The North West Branch annual Sunday luncheon.

BRANCH NEWSLETTER

To view or save a copy of the NW Branch Newsletter issued in August 2019 download the relevant pdf file by clicking on the appropriate link below

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 NW Branch Newsletter – August 2019

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PROGRAMME FOR 2019 – 2020

(Meetings are held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, unless otherwise indicated)

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OUR NEXT MEETING

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 Saturday 18 January 2020

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PROGRAMME FOR 2019 – 2020

 

Elgar: Violin and Piano Music

A Recital at the RNCM, Manchester

Tuesday, 5th November at 7.00 p.m.

Anastasia Vedyakova (violin) and Barry Collett (piano)

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Saturday, 12 October 2019, 2.30 p.m.

BARRY COLLETT

Elgar before the Enigma Variations – the forging of a style

Elgar’s great music didn’t start with the ‘Enigma Variations’ – his genius was flaring well before that. This talk will look at the composer’s earlier works to see how the style we call ‘Elgarian’ developed.

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Saturday, 09 November 2019, 2.00 p.m.

The Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool

(please note the venue and the earlier start time for this meeting)

DARREN NIMAN

A ‘Desert Island Discs’ style interview (Interviewer: Geoff Scargill)

With items of recorded music chosen by Darren to illustrate what he will reveal about his life and his various interests and active participation in music.

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Saturday, 07 December 2019, 2.30 p.m.

CHRIS WILTSHIRE

Elgar as I knew him – Part 2

Chris will provide a fascinating afternoon of oral history provided by those who knew Elgar and this will be accompanied by supporting slides and music.

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Saturday, 18 January 2020, 2.00 p.m.

(please note the earlier start time at 2.00 p.m.)

ANDREW NEILL

Elgar’s Celtic Heroes

Andrew will explore the legend of ‘Grania and Diarmid’, the play written by Moore and Yeats, Elgar’s musical contribution and the controversy that arose afterwards.  He will also look again at the legend of Caractacus and Elgar’s music for the 1899 Cantata

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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Sunday, 16 February 2020, 12.30 for 1.00 p.m.

The Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport

THE ELGAR SOCIETY

NORTH WEST BRANCH

ANNUAL LUNCHEON

(with after-lunch entertainment)

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Saturday, 07 March 2020, 2.30 p.m.

DAVID OWEN NORRIS

Elgar and A Flat

David Owen Norris will explore and explain Elgar’s fixation with the note A Flat-

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Saturday, 05 April 2020, 2.30 p.m.

ARTHUR REYNOLDS

An Elgar Collector’s Odyssey

Arthur will be talking to us about his long-standing interest in Elgar and his extensive collection of memorabilia which he has acquired over many years.

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Saturday, 16 May 2020, 2.30 p.m.

GEOFF SCARGILL

Elgar, The Dreamer of Dreams

The quotation that opens ‘The Music Makers’  is the starting point for an explanation of Elgar’s rich inner world of what might have been.

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At a date and venue to be announced

A SUMMER EVENT

We hope to be able to arrange a special summer event in June or July – after the main season of programmes has ended.

Details will be announced later.

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LOCATION

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MOST OF OUR MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC –

124, OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER M13 9RD  (Our meetings normally begin at 2.30 P.M.)

(UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED IN THE BRANCH PROGRAMME)

The RNCM is situated one mile to the south of Manchester City Centre. There are frequent bus services from central Manchester to the RNCM including links with Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria Railway Stations. There are several car parks offering secure parking close to the RNCM:

The RNCM secure underground car park, is located next to the College in the basement of the Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, off Rosamund Street West (Open from 5 p.m. on weekday evenings and anytime over weekends and bank holidays) £3.50 per car – payable on exit from the car park

The University of Manchester car park which is situated off Higher Cambridge Street* (Open 6am – midnight)

(NB *the entrance and exit from Booth Street West, opposite to the RNCM, no longer exists – use the entrance on Higher Cambridge Street)

 The Aquatics Centre car park which is situated off Booth Street East (Open 6am – 11pm)

 (Please note that car parks 2 and 3 are not run by the RNCM)

 (map and parking details included courtesy of the RNCM website)   

(NWB webpage last updated on 09 December 2019 by David L Jones)

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