There are two music groups, which initially followed parallel programmes but have since deviated to follow the interests of the members of each group. The guiding principle has always been the enjoyment of music.
This group takes place at the home of the convener (Christine Edwards), at St Stephens Court, W13. It meets once a month generally in the first week of the month from 10.30am – 12noon on Wednesday.
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 using a small Bose portable player, (several members were so impressed with the sound quality that they bought their own for use at home). 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 which needs careful programming.
Numbers and vacancies
There are 12 members, so currently there are no vacancies in this Group.
Conveners: Christine Edwards and Mary Hagger, tel - 020 8567 5842, email enquiries can be made through the blue bird above right.