Wellingborough & District

Music Appreciation

Do you enjoy listening to and talking about music? If you do the Music Appreciation group is the group for you.

About Us
The majority of the music we play is classical, however, we are also pleased to listen to music of any genre; Jazz, Theatre and Film, American Songbook, Rock, Blues, Soul, Country and Western and even Pop music from the 50's to the present day all make their appearances.

There will be some pieces or styles of music that you would not normally consider to be your thing, but that's the idea, to come along and listen to the unfamiliar along with the well known. Who knows, you might find that you enjoy the music you would normally shy away from as much as you do your usual listening fare. Give us a try, we don't bite.

At some meetings members will have been invited or have volunteered to put together and present their own programmes on themes of their choice. For other meetings members are asked to bring in a selection of cds with suggestions of which tracks they would like played (we have own micro hifi cd/cassette player).

We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month between 2pm and 4pm at the Old Grammarians Club, 46 Oxford Street. Wellingborough, NN8 4JH. There is a levy of £3 per head to cover the cost of room hire, tea, coffee and biscuits are included.

If having read this far you are still interested, the group leader's details can be found via the Interest Group Contacts link on the Groups page

Coming Up

12th September David's choice.
13th October. TBA

What We've Been Listening To

August 2022. Jo's theme was Dance. We heard minuets, gigues and hornpipes from the Renaissance to the Regency periods. We also had Waltz of the flowers from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Tangos, Cha Chas, Rumbas and various English country dances. A very nice selection of music.

July 2022. Pat's presentation was on the theme of Dance Through The Ages. We began with the early forms such as the Farandole (Bizet's L'Arlesienne) and Pavane (Foure's) through the Baroque with a Gigue (Pachabel's Canon) and a Gavotte (Lully) to the Regency with a Polonaise (Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin) and a Quadrille. We entered the mid 19th century with the Can Can (Offenbach's Orpheus In The Underworld and Mazurka (Delibes' Coppelia) The 20th century brought us Ragtime with Scot Joplin, a Foxtrot (You Make Me Feel So Young, Sinatra), a Tango (What Lola Wants Lola Gets, Sarah Vaughan), a Swing (Begin The Beguine, Artie Shaw) and Tap (Stepping Out With My Baby). We finished with Pat's currently favourite Waltz, Strauss's Wine, Women and Song. Aa afternoon everyone enjoyed.

June 2022 Alison's presentation included the introduction to Puccini's "La Boheme", Debussy's "La Mer", Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique", and Tchaikovsky's "Waltz Of The Flowers". We also had a song by Saint-Saens, some balalaika and Spanish guitar music and went for "A Walk In The Black Forest" with Horst Jankowski.

May 2022. Gill's selection included the overture to "HMS Pinafore" followed by Rod Stewart's "Sailing", "Steal Away" from Tippet's "A Child Of Our Time", and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". "In Trutina" and "Reie", lesser known excerpts from Orff's "Carmina Burana", were heard along side Petula Clark, Frank Sinatra, Bryn Terfel and Pavarotti. We also had pieces by Beethoven, Back, Saint-Saens, and Verdi. A great choice of music enjoyed by all.

April 2022. Yours truly on the theme of Travel and Places. Frank Sinatra began by inviting us to "Come Fly With Me". Beethoven took us to the country with his "Pastoral Symphony" and Borodin took us to the "Steppes Of Central Asia". We dipped into Schubert's "Winterreiser" and lightened the mood by "Taking A Walk Around The Block" with Ella Fitzgerald, hearing about "Autumn In New York" where we could "Take The A Train" with Oscar Peterson. Frank Sinatra concluded by expressing the feeling that "It's Nice To Go Travelling but it's much nicer to come home".

14th March 2022. Josephine gave us an eclectic rang of music. Classical pieces included Chopin's "Waltz in C Sharp minor", A Flute concerto by J S Bach, Vivaldi's "Autumn", and Pavarotti singing "La Donna Mobile" from Verdi's "Rigoletto". Lighter pieces included songs from Vera Lynn, Louis Armstrong, Barry Manilow, and Julie London. We also had some jazz from Charlie Parker with "April In Paris". A great afternoon of music.

February 2022. Jo's presentation was on the theme of Water. Pieces included Smetana's "Vltava", Debussy's "La Mer", Handel's "Water Music" and Henry Wood's "Fantasia on British Sea Songs". Lighter pieces included the songs "The Dark Lochs of Scotland" and Jerome Kern's "Ol' Man River".

January 2022. We all enjoyed our "Christmas dinner" followed by a varied selection of music ranging from Cleo Laine singing "Riding High", a Vivaldi flute concerto, "Three Little Maids From School" from "the Mikado" and Berlioz's "Roman Carnival". All in all a most enjoyable meeting.

December 2021. Our Christmas music this year included the carols "Shepherds' Farewell", "In The Bleak Mid-Winter", "O Tannenbaum", "O Holy Night", "The Truth Sent From Above", "Shepherd Pipe Carol", and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear". We also heard Nat King Cole with "The Christmas Song", and Michael Buble in "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". We had a couple of novelty songs, "Zat You Santa Claus" by Louis Armstrong and "Christmas Night In Harlem" by Jack Teagarden and Johnny Mercer.

November 2021. Chris' music this month included Sibelius' 2nd Symphony and Brahms' Clarinet Quintet. We also heard Stacey Kent singing "Dream Dancing" and "Close Your Eyes", Joe Brown with "Tickle My Heart" and excerps from Jerome Kern's musical "Showboat" and the Cohen Brothers' film "Oh Brother Where Art Thou".

October 2021. Alison presented an eclectic choice this month with classical music from Saint Saens Organ Symphony and Delila's aria from Samson and Delila, and Holst's Planet suite. Ella Fitzgerald sang two Cole Porter songs, Love For Sale and It's De Lovely. Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson performed In The Wee Small Hours and Sunday. We also heard heard from Sarah Brightman and Quincey Jones.

September 2021. Classical pieces included excerps from Bizet's Carmen suite, Mendlesohn's Piano Concerto, Donizetti's opera L'elisir d'amore, and Adinsell's Warsaw Concerto. We also heard songs from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peter Skellern, and Joyce Grenfell.

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