North West

  1. North West Branch


Branch Contact 

David L Jones
Willowbrook House
Spath Lane East
Cheadle Hulme

Telephone: 0161 439 7176



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 120 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 Emmanuel Church in Didsbury, South 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 often hold a formal presentation either before or after the AGM. Our February meeting is, by tradition, our North West Branch Annual Sunday Luncheon. Advance booking (via the branch) is essential.


To view or save a copy of the NW Branch Newsletter issued in August 2020 download the relevant pdf file by clicking on the appropriate link below

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 NW Branch Newsletter – August 2020

(no newsletter in August 2021)

PROGRAMME FOR 2021 – 2022

(Meetings are held at the Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, unless otherwise indicated)

(for directions and a local road map see instructions at the bottom of this page)

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Saturday, 9 October 2021, 2.30 p.m.

Neil Mantle: “Elgar and HMV”


Saturday, 6 November 2021, 2.30 p.m.

William Cole: “Only what might have been”

(Elgar performances that never happened)


Saturday, 11 December 2021, 2.30 p.m.

Prof. David Young: “Reading The Music Makers”


Saturday, 15 January 2022, 2.30 p.m.

Charlie Perry: “On conducting ‘From the Bavarian Highlands’ “

Please Note: This meeting has now been cancelled. The AGM will take place viz Zoom. Members notified of link details

(Followed by the AGM)


Sunday, 13 February 2022, 12.30 for 1.00 p.m.

Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport

North West Branch Annual Lunch

(advance booking is essential – details will be included later)

Please note: the luncheon has now been cancelled due to the Covid pandemic restrictions. All members notified


Saturday, 19 March 2022, 2.30 p.m.

Howard Rogerson: “Elgar and the Morecambe Festival”


Saturday, 9 April 2022, 2.30 p.m.

Simon Baggs: “Alice Elgar”


Saturday, 21 May 2022, 2.30 p.m.

David Jones: “Elgar, The Dreamer of Dreams”




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Emmanuel Church is situated at 6 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR

BY CAR:    If using Sat-Nav,  enter   M20 6TR      (From all motorways, follow the signs for Didsbury)

M60 (clockwise) Leave at Junction 5, follow the signs for Manchester city centre (A5103) and then Didsbury/Stockport (A5145)

M60 (anti-clockwise) Leave at Junction 5, take the next immediate exit for Northenden (B5166). Turn right and immediately right again –

taking you back on to the motorway approach (heading towards Manchester). Follow the signs for Manchester city centre (A5103)

Then turn right (at the traffic lights) onto the A5145 signed for Didsbury/Stockport (This is Barlow Moor Road)

M56  At the end of the motorway, continue towards Manchester, on the A5103, then turn right onto the A5145 (This is Barlow Moor Road)

A34 (travelling from the North or South) At Parrs Wood (East Didsbury), turn off at the junction along A5145 signed for Didsbury

CAR PARKING: There is a dedicated car park at Emmanuel Church with space for for twenty cars plus two disabled parking places.

Entrance to the car park is on Barlow Moor Road. There is also unrestricted parking in Pine Road (off Barlow Moor Road – see map above)

BY METROLINK: All stations from Rochdale to East Didsbury (via Manchester City Centre). Alight at the Didsbury Village Station which

is situated approximately 430 meters from the Emmanuel Church (for details of the walking route, see the map above these instructions)

BY TRAIN: (travelling North from Cheshire or South from Manchester Piccadilly), alight at East Didsbury Railway Station –

which is situated just over one mile from the Emmanuel Church. The Church lies close to the centre of Didsbury Village.

From East Didsbury Railway Station, there are frequent buses to Didsbury Village  – the stop for these buses (Nos. 20, 23, 23A 370)

is opposite the entrance to the nearby Tesco Superstore (which is close to the A34 junction and just a short walk from the railway station)

Note: The walking distance from East Didsbury Railway Station to Emmanuel Church is just over one mile


From Manchester City Centre, travel south along Wilmslow Road (Frequent buses – Nos. 40.42, 42A, 42B, 45AS, 142)

From Stockport, travel west along Didsbury Road (A5145) (Frequent buses – Nos. 20,23, 23A, 370)


(NWB webpage last updated on 10 January 2022 by David L Jones)

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