There are two music groups, which at present usually meet separately in person, with an occasional joint meeting via Zoom. The two groups work closely together: sometimes someone who does a presentation for one group repeats it for the other group. The guiding principle of the groups has always been the enjoyment of music. We do not actually perform music ourselves.
This group takes place at the home of David Curtis, Eaton Rise, W5. It meets once a month usually on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30 am – 12 noon.
Members who are willing choose a selection of music to talk about. They are given every encouragement to do so. The programmes reflect the evolving interests of the members, usually agreed two to three months in advance.
We usually listen to music on CDs or using Spotify (a music streaming service). One of our presenters has the skill to make entertaining compilations on DVD. We usually view opera and ballet, and sometimes orchestral music, on DVD.
Range of topics
At a single meeting we usually look at a composer’s life and works, look at a single work in depth, explore the history of a musical instrument, a specific musical form such as quintets, a specific musician or a theme.
Type of music
It is usually classical but we have had sessions on Jazz and Swing. At least once a year we have an ‘anything goes’ session where all members are invited to bring a favourite recording and say a few words about it if they wish. This brings in a wide range of music.
The group is currently full, but, if you are interested in joining, you can be added to the waiting list. Alternatively, you could consider joining Music Group 2.
Convenor: Mary Hagger, email enquiries through the blue bird above right.