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What we do
We meet in Bucksburn (Leader’s home) on Tuesday evenings at 7p.m. The actual date is arranged each month to best suit the majority of members. This group is very interactive and members are invited to develop the programmes as we go along and make contributions according to their interests and experience.
What we have done
We have included classical music, jazz, world music, folk, film, popular and rock. Sessions were increasingly introduced by members with interest in different genres. This proved popular and learning was enjoyed by all, including those who led the sessions!
The session 2017-18 focused on various instruments. Again members were invited to lead a session about a particular instrument. The September meeting involved a 'whole orchestra' introduction. Then in October we featured Cello which was a delightful success with members bringing and introducing their contributions. It was 'overtured' by prolific email dialogue generating lots of ideas and the variety of music was wonderful! This was followed in November by a 'Piano Evening' presented by Tony. This included music by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Philip Glass plus a few surprises! There were examples of some brilliant piano playing. A memorable evening. In December a small number of 'intrepids' managed to get here through the weather and enjoyed our evening, with fun and funny music. January gave us a lively presentation by Kathie and Michael about drumming/percussion. Including quite a lot of 'visuals' we certainly learned about an extraordinary range of drums! After Michael's demonstration, some of us 'had a go' on the big conga drum and some of the bongos. In February we enjoyed a clarinet evening with a wide variety of different kinds of music. Then March gave us an unexpected and wonderful variety of types of bells, with Russians dominating the composer list but others around also! April gave us sunshine and the harp which offered a surprising variety. In May Michael presented some 'Music from Castle Fraser' programmes and explained how they were made.
The 2018-19 Session continues the 'Instruments' theme but each month we focus on a country or group of countries. We have 'visited' Middle-Eastern countries, Nordic countries and Switzerland and many French-speaking countries. In January this year we enjoyed an evening of 'Voice in the French Language' which gave us astonishingly diverse music of all sorts. For a warm evening in February, Tony presented a fascinating exposition of Minimalist and Ambient Music. We were all surprised how easily accessible some of the more recent compositions are.
In March Erica gave a reflection on the history of this group since its inception in 2011. The archives (links) on this web page were also updated. April was a wonderful evening focusing on the saxophone. Michael gave a short informative introduction and the group then shared some most diverse discoveries.
At the ‘end of term’ we usually have a themed ‘fun evening’, when members share their favourite music.
What we are doing next
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 28 May when Alison will present the work of Andre Previn who died fairly recently.
No payment is required for this course.
New members should contact the Group Leader via the 'pigeon' on this page or using the phone contact in 'The Newsletter.