Our monthly meetings normally take place in the Seth Ward Community Centre, Luynes Rise, Buntingford, SG9 9SG on the second Monday of the month. Doors open at 1.30pm to give members and guests the opportunity to socialise over refreshments before the meeting commences at 2.15pm with the Guest Speaker starting at 2.30pm.
Due to the current restrictions it is unlikely that we will be able to hold our normal monthly meetings in the Seth Ward Community Centre as this would not allow appropriate social distancing. Because of this, in June we had our first monthly meeting using Zoom video conferencing. This was very successful so we plan to continue using Zoom for our monthly meetings for the next few months. Since presenting on Zoom is very different from presenting in the hall, and is not suitable for all types of presentations, we are likely to use different speakers from those originally planned. The following programme of events therefore shows the normal dates for monthly meetings and the speakers will be added as they are confirmed. Note that the start time for monthly meetings on Zoom is 14:00.
The schedule of monthly meetings is as follows:
January 11th: Andrew Baker, "Donald J Trump - A retrospect on the 45th President of the USA"
The talk will include looking at November’s election in the USA and the longer term significance of the Trump Presidency, looking also at Trump the man. Have a stiff drink ready!
February 8th: Jeff Chalker, "On the Shoulders of Giants"
Jeff is a Blue Badge holder, giving tours in London. This talk will be on the scientists buried in Westminster Abbey. On a world stage, the scientists are much more significant than the monarchs, composers, poets etc. buried alongside them but they are often ignored. This talk tries to give the scientists the prominence they deserve. It is not technical, more a celebration of some amazingly creative, talented and influential people.
March 8th: Roger Browne, "The Great American Songbook"
Jazz, Minstrel Music, Blues, Opera, Operetta, Musical Theatre, The Two World Wars, The Financial Rollercoasters of the first half of the 20th century and The Golden Age of Radio, were all influencers of, and inspirations for, the great composers of the years between the two wars.
Composers such as; George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, and many others, between them, wrote thousands of richly melodic masterpieces, with equally memorable lyrics.
The output of this period became known as “The Great American Songbook”
In this talk, Roger traces the history and music of this genre and, as with all his talks, he illustrates it with live examples on the piano, and the hilarious stories about the people, places and events that fuelled the development of this unique milestone in Western popular music