Music For Pleasure
We used to Meet at 1.45pm on the 4th. Thursday of the month in room 2 in our Pink Lane office, then the Corona Virus took over and all meetings were suspended until further notice.
We had enjoyed very pleasant afternoons listening to mostly classical and light classical music and learning a little about the relevant composers and artists. Our average attendance was fourteen to eighteen.
In May 2014 we started on a large project - The History of Classical Music, beginning with Early Music, the Renaissance, then through the Baroque, and after enjoying the lyrical music of Haydn who started the Classical Period followed by the delightfully tuneful and emotional music of Mozart we moved on to study Beethoven, another of the greats of classical music.
We tried meeting on occasional Saturdays to watch a full DVD of an opera bringing a picnic lunch for the interval. These " Opera Saturdays" proved very successful and we have also shown the occasional musical, the most recent being Les Miserables, and then for our Christmas meeting in early December we enjoyed Donizetti's comic opera La Fille Du Regiment.
We have spent over two years learning about the amazing life and work of Beethoven, greatly enjoying his exhilarating, challenging, exciting and surprisingly emotional music, and before we moved on, in November, we watched a short film, "In search of Beethoven" which brought our studies to a perfect conclusion.
There was no meeting in December.
After a "Resume" of some of our past programmes we were planning to move on to the Music of the Romantic Period (early 19th. century) with composers such as Paganini, Schubert and Berlioz, however the Corona Virus came along and brought the "Lock Down" and no meetings. Five months later finds us, like many U3As, learning how to use Zoom and sharing it with our group of music lovers twice a month.
We are meeting at 2pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.