Online Events

The Elgar Society has a programme of online events. It is hoped that members will be able to take advantage of this service in order to enjoy a wide ranging selection of talks and presentations, some of which are branch meetings, others being presentations produced by the Society’s national committee.

All members are invited to attend any online event. Non-members may also take advantage of this facility by arrangement.

 

FORTHCOMING ONLINE EVENTS

All are welcome, including non-members — no charge.

MEMORIES OF PERFORMING ELGAR

Saturday 24 April 2021, 2.00 p.m. (login from 1.45)

North-West Branch presents a Zoom talk by two branch members,  Brian Kirtley and Darren Niman. Each will talk about his memories of taking part in an Elgar concert.

Their talks will be illustrated with images and accompanied by audio extracts (from commercial CDs) of the works in which they performed.

Members of the branch will be sent access details, but all are welcome: for access details please e-mail David Ll. Jones.

 

TAKING ELGAR TO EASTERN EUROPE

Sunday 2 May 2021, 2.00 p.m.

East Midlands Branch presents a 50-minute Zoom illustrated talk by the conductor, Alexander Walker, recently honoured by the Elgar Society with its highest award, the Elgar Medal, for his work promoting Elgar’s music in Eastern Europe and Russia. In this talk he explains what was involved.

For access details please e-mail Sam Dobson.

 

‘NOSTALGIA’ AND ‘ENGLISHNESS’ IN ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO

Saturday 22 May 2021, 2.00 p.m.

Yorkshire & North-East Branch presents an hour-long Zoom talk by Dr Martin Firth: organist, conductor and former Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England. He explores a work which is not only one of Elgar’s most popular, but one of the best-known in all English music, to consider that perceived ‘Englishness’ and the vein of nostalgia which is central to its appeal.

Members of the branch will be sent access details, but all are welcome: for access details please e-mail Caroline Gilderdale.

 

100 YEARS OF THE CBSO’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ELGAR

Saturday 12 June 2021, 2.00 p.m.

East Midlands Branch presents a 50-minute Zoom illustrated talk by Stephen Maddock. Elgar conducted a programme of his own music at the inaugural concert of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1920. Stephen Maddock, who has been the CBSO’s Chief Executive since 1999, tells the story of the enduring relationship between the orchestra, the composer and his music.

For access details please e-mail Sam Dobson.

 

MEMORIES OF A BRASS BAND PLAYER
and the Elgar connection

Saturday 19 June 2021, 2.00 p.m.

North-West Branch presents a  Zoom meeting in which Geoff Scargill will interview Paul Cull, a branch member who has been a brass-band player for sixty years.

Access details will be sent in advance to branch members and anyone else who would like to attend: please contact David Ll. Jones to be sent access details when they are available.

 

THE TRUE ‘SOUL’ OF ELGAR’S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Saturday 26 June 2021, 2.00 p.m.

Yorkshire & North-East Branch presents a Zoom talk by Richard Westwood-Brookes. Richard is an avid collector of Elgar’s manuscripts and letters who examines the mysterious Spanish inscription at the beginning of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, ‘Aquí está encerrada el alma de . . .’, which may be translated as ‘Herein is enshrined the soul of . . .’ Elgar admitted that the ‘soul’ was female and, from the ladies of Elgar’s acquaintance, there are several possible candidates to solve this Elgarian enigma. Many writers since have agreed about her identity, but Richard’s conclusion is different and his talk involves a fascinating journey through the evidence.

Members of the branch will be sent access details, but all are welcome: for access details please e-mail Caroline Gilderdale.

THE WARS OF THE ROSES?

Saturday 17 July 2021, 2.00 p.m.

Members of North-West and Yorkshire & North-East Branches engage in an Elgar quiz via Zoom. The quizmaster will by Dr Chris Wiltshire, secretary of East Anglian Branch.

Access details will be sent in advance to branch members and anyone else who would like to attend: please contact David Ll. Jones to be sent access details when they are available.

 

As they become available, details of further events will appear on this page.

 

CATCH UP WITH PAST PRESENTATIONS

The following prerecorded presentations are still available to be viewed:

ELGAR’S ORCHESTRAL MINIATURES

Dr Steven Halls, former Chairman of the Elgar Society, examines the varied and delightful works from throughout Elgar’s career that helped secure his popularity and financial stability, even if they do not always scale the heights of his masterpieces.

Originally presented 1 March 2021 by the London Branch. Duration 75′48″
Please e-mail Ruth Hellen for access details.

 

CHRISTOPHER BISHOP
Recollections of a Recording Producer

Christopher Bishop was a senior record producer at E.M.I. from 1964 to 1979 and later managed the Philharmonia and Royal Scottish National Orchestras. His time at E.M.I. coincided with the ‘Indian summer’ in the recording studio of Sir Adrian Boult, many of whose later recordings he produced. They included works by Bach, Brahms and Wagner, and many by English composers, including The Pilgrim’s Progress by Vaughan Williams, and most of Elgar’s greatest orchestral and choral works, including the first complete recordings of The Apostles and The Kingdom. Illustrated by musical extracts, Christopher Bishop discusses his career and the making of these records, known and loved by Elgarians throughout the world.

Produced by Peter Newble. Originally presented 16–23 January 2021. Duration 79′22″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ 2020

An especially compiled online quiz presented by Vice Chairman, Stuart Freed. This light-hearted presentation features a wide variety of general musical teasers and one or two surprises — but no Christmas questions! If you would like to check your answers, please e-mail Stuart Freed.

Produced by Peter Newble. Originally presented 12–19 December 2020. Duration 57′00″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.

SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI
Miracle in Manchester

From his arrival in the Blitz-ravaged city of Manchester in the midst of the Second World War to his death, fifty years ago, Sir John Barbirolli revived and nurtured the Hallé. In twenty years he transformed it into a world-class orchestra, and he tirelessly promoted the work of English composers, notably Elgar. In this tribute by the North-West Branch of the Elgar Society, John Knowles introduces Geoff Scargill, who tells the story of this ‘Miracle in Manchester’ with the help of David Jones’s unique collection of images and recordings.

Produced by Peter Newble. Originally presented 15–22 November 2020. Duration 108′57″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.

THE PURSUIT OF DIARMUID AND GRÁINNE
Elgar and Irish cultural identity

The music Elgar called Grania and Diarmid was composed for the 1901 play Diarmuid and Grania, written by W. B. Yeats and the author George Moore. Little more than 12 minutes in length, the music is, nevertheless, of great beauty and contains some of Elgar’s most subtle and beautiful orchestration Andrew Neill, a Vice-President of the Elgar Society, explores the story behind the commissioning of Elgar to write music for a now long-forgotten play. He unravels the complicated relationship between Yeats and Moore and the offence taken, both that an English theatre company should come to Dublin to perform the play and the commissioning of an English composer to write the music. It is, at times, an amusing story.

Produced by Oscar Torres. Originally presented by London Branch, 9–16 November 2020. Duration 79′48″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.

JUDAS ISCARIOT IN MUSIC
Elgar’s The Apostles and beyond

Elgar’s portrayal of Judas Iscariot in his oratorio, The Apostles, is perhaps his most heartfelt characterisation. In this illustrated talk, Peter Newble explores how Judas’s portrayal in musical works has evolved over a period of nearly 500 years, and examines his role in The Apostles in more detail.

Produced by Peter Newble. Originally presented by Yorkshire & North-East Branch, 31 October 2020. Duration 82′02″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.

POMP AND POETRY

A programme of poetry by Thomas Hood, Roger McGough, D. H. Lawrence, J. A. Linden, Thom Gunn, Walter de la Mare, G. K. Chesterton, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Shakespeare, C. Day-Lewis, Dorothy Parker and W. E. Henley, complemented by the music of Sir Edward Elgar. Compiled by Stella and Stuart Freed, with readings by Peter Sutton.

Produced by Peter Newble. Originally presented 19–25 October 2020. Duration 79′38″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.

SIR MARK ELDER & JOYCE KENNEDY

Sir Mark Elder, the distinguished British conductor, Music Director of the Hallé and President of the Elgar Society, discusses his lifelong love of Elgar’s music (and much more besides) with Dr Joyce Kennedy, illustrated by several of his recordings.

Produced by Peter Newble. Originally presented 20–27 September 2020. Duration 64′16″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.

ELGAR AND THE GRAMOPHONE

Peter Newble examines the development of sound recording throughout the whole of Elgar’s lifetime, and in particular the composer’s own close and invigorating involvement with the Gramophone Company (‘His Master’s Voice’) in his last twenty years. The talk is illustrated by recordings by Elgar and others, with the help of one of the H.M.V. gramophones which Elgar helped to promote.

Produced by Peter Newble. Originally presented 18–20 June 2020. Duration 95′41″
Please e-mail Peter Newble for access details.