Venue: Sunnyfield House - Mondays monthly - 2-3pm
Activity Charge: £1
programme for forthcoming weeks:
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 dates as these may be different from the ones you had originally.
All start at 2.00pm in the Bistro at Sunnyfield House
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 below).
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 might 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 June 2019 meeting?
Members brought along the following music around the theme of 'conflict':
- Oliver Messiaen -- Movement 5 ('Praise to the eternity of Jesus') from Quartet for the End of Time, written in Auschwitz during World War II (video0044)
- 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)
- George Frideric Handel -- Three short choruses from Israel in Egypt: 'He rebuked the Red Sea', 'He led them through the deep' and 'But the waters overwhelmed their enemies' (video0047)
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)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- the first movement of the motet Exsultate jubilate, sung by Emma Kirkby (video0057)
NEXT MEETING: We're taking a break in August, but will resume on 9 September, when we're asked to bring music that is EITHER very fast (presto or prestissimo) OR very slow (largo).
The dates of meetings for the remainder of the year are 7 October, 4 November and 2 December.