Music For Pleasure
We Meet at 1.45pm on the 4th. Thursday of the month in room 2 in our Pink Lane office.
We spend a very pleasant afternoon listening to mostly classical and light classical music and learning a little about the relevant composers and artists. Our average attendance is 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 now, having enjoyed the lyrical music of Haydn who started the Classical Period followed by the delightfully tuneful and emotional music of Mozart we have moved on to study Beethoven, another of the greats of classical music.
Recently we have tried meeting on occasional Saturdays to watch a full DVD of an opera bringing a picnic lunch for the interval. These " Opera Saturdays" have 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 a year learning about the amazing life and work of Beethoven, greatly enjoying his exhilharating, challenging, exciting and surprisingly emotional music, and before we move on, in November, we are going to watch a short film, "In search of Beethoven" which should bring our studies to a perfect conclusion.
There will be no meeting in December.
After a "Resume" of some of the past works we have enjoyed, we now move on to Music of the Romantic Period and composers of the early 19th. century such as Paganini, Schubert and Berlioz.