The man who hath no music in himself
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for Treasons, Stratagems and Spoils
(The Merchant of Venice)
Shakespeare knew a thing or two about Music, and there are countless references to music in his plays, for he recognised that music can affect us in so many different ways. A particular tune can bring back sweet - or bitter - memories, it can lift our spirits, inspire us, set us wondering. Our personal taste in music reflects our own personality, and we can all learn something by listening to another person's choices. The Music Appreciation Group gives us this opportunity.
As with most things, a little knowledge of the subject increases enjoyment, and pleasure is enhanced when it is shared. Our monthly group meeting is a very peaceful, relaxing time. We plan our year ahead at the September meeting,which this year will be on September 22nd, and members volunteer to introduce a musical topic - it could be a composer, an instrument, a type of music, a theme or whatever comes up! We listen, discussing it and learning a little about the subject as we go along. We have enjoyed all kinds of music in the past - classical, folk, jazz, pot-pourries of personal favourites, even live piano recitals!
Our venue is the Lounge on the second floor at Bold St. Methodist Mission. Meeting there, we are able to use W.U3A's audio-visual equipment, so sometimes we can enrich our listening with a visual input. We meet just once a month,at 1.30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month, so for the rest of 2016 that is Oct.27, Nov.24,and Dec.22, (although that meeting may change).
If you find that being a U3A member keeps you on the go, this is a chance to enjoy a couple of hours of companionable relaxation, listen to wonderful music, and have a chat over a cuppa. We would love to welcome anyone who is seeking a tranquil couple of hours, lovely sounds and friendly company. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact me.
Group Leader: Jennie