Guisborough

Music Appreciation

Venue: Sunnyfield House - Mondays monthly - 2-3pm

Activity Charge: £1

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Programme for recent and forthcoming meetings:

September 9. Music as fast as possible or as slow as possible
October 7. Harp music
November 4. Gilbert and Sullivan
December 2. Sacred vocal music

Please note these dates, as they may be different from the ones you had originally.
All start at 2.00pm in the Bistro at Sunnyfield House
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We offer a warm welcome to new members. Contact the Group Coordinator, Peta, on 01287-632875, or 'Click to send a message' in the right-hand column – or simply come along to our next monthly meeting (see above).

We usually bring along CDs or tracks related to a topic decided in advance, play the pieces and talk about them a little. Members bring along any type of music they want -- popular, folk songs, jazz, classical, opera ... as long as there's some link with that month's topic. A typical piece might be 5--7 minutes long.

As a variation on this, at some meetings Peta or another member will prepare a topic in advance. Past topics covered in this way have included the composer Modest Mussorgsky, the development of the piano from its origins up to the present day, and Schubert's development as a composer. These talks are always comprehensively illustrated with recorded music.

We plan to update this page each month with details of what we heard and discussed and, where possible, provide links to the music. You may also want to sample some of the programmes in our archive, which is full of links to music, videos and textual information -- please click on the link in the right-hand column.

What happened at the November 2019 meeting?

We played and discussed a variety of the Savoy Operas (or operettas) written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and initially performed at London's Savoy Theatre in the last quarter of the 19th century. We heard pieces from HMS Pinafore (video0058), The Pirates of Penzance (video0059) and The Mikado (video0060).

In addition there were a couple of well-known songs by Sullivan that are not part of the Savoy canon: The lost chord (video0062) and My dearest heart (video0061).

What happened at the July 2019 meeting?

We were asked to think about music that for us 'describes happiness and joy'. Members brought along the following pieces:

  • Two spirituals, sung by Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and chorus in a live performance at New York's Carnegie Hall, conducted by James Levine -- The gospel train (video0050) and He's got the whole world in His hands (video0051)

What happened at the June 2019 meeting?

Members brought along the following music around the theme of 'conflict':

  • Joseph Haydn -- from Die Schöpfung ('The Creation'): Uriel's recitative and aria 'Und Gott schuf den Menschen' and 'Mit Würd´ und Hoheit angetan' ('And God created Man' and 'In native worth and honour clad') (video0045)
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