At present the two Music groups have combined and are holding meetings using Zoom video conferencing until the separate Groups can safely meet again in person.
The combined group Zoom meetings are held on the first Friday of the month at 10.30am; the next meeting is on Friday 5th February.
There are vacancies in the Music group currently for members who are happy to take part using Zoom and, when we are able to resume face-to-face meetings, they will be able to join Music group 2. If you are interested please contact Liz Major, the Convenor of Music Group 2.
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 Friday.
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 is space for 12 members in this group and currently the group is not full so is actively looking for new members.
Conveners: Christine Edwards and Liz Major, email enquiries through the blue bird above right.