Classical Music Appreciation 2
|Date:||3rd Monday of the month|
|Time:||10am - 12 noon|
|Venue:||Please contact convenor|
WAITING LIST Please contact convenor via the bird to go on waiting list. NOTE: the group is restricted to 12 because the meetings are held in a member's house.
For our April meeting,Chris Greenhill of Waveney Sinfonia paid us another visit and provided us with a programme of music by Schubert, Haydn and Mozart. First, we heard the Ist movement of Schubert's Symphony No 1 in D major, composed for his school orchestra when he was just 16. Chris followed this with the andante from Haydn's 30th Symphony, the "Alleluja", based on Gregorian plainchant. The highlight of the morning was hearing the first movement (allegro) from Mozart's splendid 22nd Piano Concerto, beautifully played by the Hungarian pianist Jeno Jando.
In the second half we continued with our exploration of music by women composers. Amy Beach's Romance for Violin and Piano (Op 23) set the tone and this was followed by Judith Weir's Stars, Night, Music and Light. The 3rd movement from Ethel Smythe's Serenade in D continued the theme and we heard some Victorian songs by Caroline Norton (Juanita), Annie Morrison (In the gloaming - still being sung in the 1950s) and Maud White's "The Devout Lover" from the late 19th century. The morning concluded with Germaine Tailleferre's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, composed in 1927. A very pleasurable morning's music.
In May, Kathleen Filby will be presenting her third programme of music entitled "The King's Music".
In the second half we might listen to a complete symphony or a piano concerto
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, 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.This approach works very well. However, we have added the option of a 30-minute presentation instead of an hour, if any member would prefer to take that up that offer.
NOTE: The group is FULL, but you can go on the waiting list if you wish. Please contact me via the bird to register your interest.