North West

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.

Branch Contact 

David L Jones
Willowbrook House
Spath Lane East
Cheadle Hulme

Telephone: 0161 439 7176

Directions to Emmanuel Church, Didsbury

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)

NW Branch Programme 2023-2024

To view or save a copy of the NW Branch Programme 2023-2024 download the relevant pdf file by clicking on the appropriate link below

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ES NWB Programme 2023 – 2024 

(latest branch programme designed as a PDF trifold cocument)

Programme for 2023 – 2024

Meetings are held at the Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, unless otherwise indicated. For directions and a local road map see instructions above.

Sunday, 24 September 2023, 12.30 for 1.00 p.m. - North West Branch Annual Luncheon - to be held at the Alma Lodge Hotel, 49 Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6EL (Please note: advance booking is essential - so please contact our branch secretary for details. The price will be announced later - when available)
Saturday, 14 October 2023, 2.30 p.m. - Jacqueline Edwards: “England's Britannia - Dame Clara Butt" Jaqueline, a professional concert and opera singer herself, is related to Clara Butt for whom Elgar composed several pieces including Sea Pictures, and Clara was the inspiration for the Angel in The Dream of Gerontius

Saturday, 11 November 2023, 2.30 pm - Revd. John Knowles: "Elgar's Music for the Church" - An exploration of all the music Elgar wrote specifically to be used in church services, placing each piece in its historical and liturgical context, illustrated by a wide variety of recordings ‘ancient and modern’.
Saturday, 09 December 2023, 2.30 p.m. - Adrian Brown: "Sir Adrian Boult" Adrian Brown, a respected conductor in his own right, is widely regarded as one of his namesake's most gifted pupils

Saturday, 13 January 2024, 2.00 p.m. (Please note the earlier start time!) Duncan Eves: "The Second Symphony: another Elgarian Enigma" - Duncan explores the landscapes, literature and friendships of Elgar's Second Symphony, revealing many of the intriguing complexities that make up this masterpiece ...... This meeting will now be held via Zoom, as one of the Elgar Society's Online Events and will be open to all Elgar Society members and any others who which to attend. All are welcome and there is no charge. For access details please email:
Saturday, 10 February 2024, 2.30 p.m. - David L. Jones: “Elgar: A Dreamer of Dreams" David, our NW branch secretary, will examine the influence of dreams in Elgar's music (this presentation was postponed from our 2021-2022 season)
Saturday, 09 March 2024, 2.30 p.m. - "Music from Chet's" (Please note: This meeting will be held at Chetham's School of Music - in an Ensemble Room in the Stoller Hall complex) Students from Manchester's renowned school of music, led by their Music Director, Tom Redmond, will play for us. If there is sufficient interest, it is hoped to arrange an optional private tour of the beautiful mediaeval buildings and school library at 11.00 a.m.
Saturday, 13 April 2024, 2.30 p.m. - Michael Trott: "Hubert Parry: The Development of a Great Personality" - Michael is a distinguished Elgarian and author of a study of Parry, and co-author of a book soon to be published about Elgar's mother
Saturday, 11 May 2024, 2.30 p.m. - (Please note: this branch meeting will be held at The Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool) - Charlie Perry: "Angels and Demons: Elgar's Choral writing for his three major Oratorios" - A welcome back to Charlie who delighted us on his previous visit. His title for this talk is intriguing. If there is sufficient interest, we hope to be able to arrange an optional one and a half hour 'cruise' on the Mersey Ferry in the late morning