Classical Music Appreciation 2
|Convenor: Peter Westmacott||2 Vacancies|
|Date: 3rd Monday of each month|
|Time: 10am to 12 noon|
|Venue: Please contact the convenor|
Our last group meeting for music was back in March, just before the emergence of lockdown. That's around eight months ago. We have been thinking about restarting but couldn't find the right sort of approach that would suit us all.
Kathleen Filby came up with a good idea: she offered to choose eight Desert Island Discs and send the list out to our members so they could play the selection in their own homes, either on CD from their own collection or via Youtube or some other site.
Kathleen's choice was a very varied and interesting selection beginning with "Lord God of Abraham" from Mendelssohn's Elijah (I had only just bought this disc before
lockdown began!). She then chose Mozart's 39th symphony and followed this with the work of two British composers - Elgar's "The Angel's Farewell" from Dream of Gerontius and Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, Part 1. Organ music from Widor, his Toccata from the 5th symphony followed, a rightly popular piece. Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger, a stirring piece, was followed by Alex Armstrong and Andy May playing "Rothbury Hills" on Northumbrian pipes. I suspect this piece might have been difficult to find on the internet. Kathleen rounded off with J.S. Bach's brilliant "Christians be Joyful", from his Christmas Oratorio. A rousing finish to a splendid programme.
For the December choice Peter has distributed his selection of eight discs, all of which should be readily available.
And Ted Marsden's list of eight DIDs for January has been dispatched to members, ahead of schedule. It looks a most impressive selection too. Thank you Ted.
VOLUNTEERS FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH WOULD NOW BE VERY WELCOME!
The purpose of the group is to listen to a wide variety of recorded classical music introduced and discussed in an interesting and informed way by the members. The aim is to broaden people's awareness of the rich variety of classical music.
Participation by group members in presenting programmes is warmly encouraged, although it is not essential. No musical expertise is required, only enthusiasm for the subject.
We are a friendly group of 12 members who enjoy each other's company and share a willingness to extend our musical experiences and knowledge.
We held our first meeting in November 2014 - in fact, we were the first group to get started in Beccles U3A - so we are now a well-established group. We have generally stuck with our original formula of a first half presentation by a member, followed by members offering a short piece of music to illustrate the chosen theme for the month.