10th February 2020. At the Old Grammarians. Josephine's choices this month.
9th March. 2020. TBA.
As of January 2020 our meetings will be held in the function room of the Old Grammarians in Oxford Street, Wellingborough
The music we hear ranges from classical to jazz, from film and shows to popular. Everyone is encouraged to contribute.
For seven or eight meetings during the year members are invited to prepare and present a programme of their choice. At other meetings all members are welcome to bring along their choice of music and we will try to play something from everyone. These meetings will may be themed or open with a couple being loosely devoted to jazz, anything from King Oliver to Jamie Cullum via Louis Armstrong, Errol Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, the Big Bands et al; you can even throw in some Rock and Folk for good measure (I did say loosely devoted!). Occassionally we have a guest presenter.
The group has its own CD/Tape player with someone to operate it, so you only need to bring along your music!
We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month from 2pm til 4pm in the Function Room of the Old Grammarians, Oxford Street, Wellingborough. There is a £1.50 per head room levy and optional tea/coffee and biscuits for a further £2 per head.
For further Information contact the group leader by phone, details In the Interest Groups Insert in the Contact Newsletter.
All are welcome so come and hear for yourself!
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO.
JANUARY 2020. The New Year began for our group with an excellent lunch and a nice selection of music at our new venue, the Old Grammarians club in Oxford Street, Wellingborough. Music included pieces by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Joseph Haydn. Vivaldi and Sibelius also made appearances.
DECEMBER 2019. Our last meeting of the year, and at the Columbia Hotel, was all about Christmas. Carols included In Dulce Jubilo and Good King Wenceslas. Mahalia Jackson gave us Sweet little Jesus Boy and the Salvation Army band gave us Silent Night. We had Andrea Bocelli with O Tannenbaum and O Holy Night. Elizabeth Poston's Jesus Christ The Apple Tree was new to many but was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Zat You, Santa Claus from Louis Armstrong rounded off and a good mix of seasonal music.
NOVEMBER 2019. Alison's programme included Faure's In Paradisium, and arias from Puccini's opera La Boheme and the Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly. We also heard pieces by Greig, Tchaikovsky, Albinoni and Verdi. Lighter music was provided by songs from the Beatles and Les Mis.
OCTOBER 2019. No Meeting
SEPTEMBER 2019. My programme this month included Beethoven's 6th Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 21. Other classical pieces included a Haydn String Quartet, Bach's Well Tempered Clavier and Albeniz's Iberia. A varied selection of songs included Ralph Vaughan Williams's Song Of Travel, Schubert's Schwannengesang, Canteloube's Songs Of The Auvergne and songs from Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday
AUGUST 2019. Cliff's selection this month had a Russian theme. Began with three traditional songs; Volga Boatmen, Dark Eyes and Moscow Nights. All were in versions first by the Red Army Choir then secondly by BBC Big Band, Ted Heath and Peter Nero. We also heard Leuitenant Kije, Peter and the Wolf and Love of Three Oranges by Prokofiev, Dmitri Tiomkin's themes for High Noon and Friendly Persuasion, Vernon Duke's April In Paris and Autumn In New York and Khachaturian's Spartacus and Masquerade Waltz
JULY 2019. Mollie's selection this month included violin concertos by Max Bruch and Phillip Glass and Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1. We also heard three songs from Frank Sinatra and two Handel Arias sung by the counter tenor Andreas Scholl. In complete contrast we also had some Trad Jazz, the Oscar Peterson Trio and Little Richard serenading today's presenter with Good Golly Miss Molly.
JUNE 2019. Linda's choices included music from the shows I Do! I Do!, South Pacific and Singing In The Rain. There were also two songs, How Can Love Survive and Ordinary People, from the original stage production of The Sound Of Music that were not included in the film of the show. Other items included Me And My Teddy Bear by Rosemary Clooney, The Three Little Pigs sung by Barbra Streisand, Flanagan and Allen with Underneath The Arches and comedy songs from Roy Hudd and Richard Stilgoe & Peter Skellern.
MAY 2019. Our guest presenter, Alun, gave us a selection of music on the theme of the moon. These include Beethoven's Moonlight sonata, Debussy's Claire de Lune and Britten's Sea Interlude, Moonlight, from his opera Peter Grimes. Other lighter pieces included the songs Moon River, Shine On Harvest Moon and By The Light Of The Silvery Moon. Altogether, as we would expect from Alun, an eclectic and entertaining programme.
APRIL 2019. Jo's classical music choices included Butterworth's The Banks of Green Willow, Saints-Saens Bassoon Sonata, Schubert's Trout Quintet, two of Grieg's Lyric Pieces and a Nocturne by John Field. Girls were the subject of the second half of her presentation. These included Gigi, Maria from West Side Story, the Queen of Sheba and The Girl With The Flaxen Hair. A lovely varied programme.
MARCH 2019. Chris's selection included songs from the Scottish folk group The Corries, Judy Garland, Manhattan Transfer, the American folk group The Roaches and Gladys Knight. We also heard the Adagio from Khachaturian's Spartacus and the Pilgrim's March from Berlioz's Harold In Italy.
FEBRUARY 2019. Mary's choices included songs from Charles Trenet, Cantelube and John Lennon. Classical choices included pieces from Debussy, Rossini, Delius and Vaughan-Williams.
JANUARY 2019. Our "Christmas Lunch" was enjoyed by everyone and was followed by our usual equally enjoyable afternoon of music brought in by group members. A lovely eclectic selection ranging from a Haydn symphony to a Rachmaninov Polka to Peter Skellern to Flanders and Swann.
DECEMBER 2018. Our usual lovely eclectic selection of Christmas music, both sacred and secular, enhanced this year by Julie singing and playing the ukulele, the Andrews Sisters song Mele Kalikamaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song).
NOVEMBER 2018. Music brought in by members this month included Elgar's Cello Concerto, a Haydn Symphony and a Polonaise the Grand Waltz Brilliante by Chopin. Reflecting Armistice Day we had songs from Bryn Terfel; the first was I'll Walk Beside You and then two from A Shropshire Lad, Loveliest Of Trees and The Lads In Their Hundreds. Lighter items included Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter and the song When The Kids Get Married from the show I Do, I Do.
OCTOBER 2018. Margaret's classical choices this month included a Haydn Symphony, a Trumpet Concerto by Hummel, a Piano Concerto by Mendelssohn and a Suite for Harp by Benjamin Britten. Lighter choices included Lennon and McCartney, Stephane Grappelli, Noel Coward and James Galway.
SEPTEMBER 2018. Alison's choices this month included poetry readings of Keats's Ode To Autumn and Kipling's If. We also heard Grieg's Holberg Suite and Wedding Day In Troldhaugen, Horst Jankowski's A Walk In The Black Forest, jazz from Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson with Bye Bye Blackbird, Delila's aria from Saint-Saens Samson and Delila and Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter's Love For Sale. A great varied selection.
AUGUST 2018. Julie presented a wonderfully eclectic selection of music this month. Among other things we were entertained by Frank Sinatra singing Come Fly With Me and Moonlight in Vermont, a Vivaldi Violin concerto, Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves, Appalacian blue grass, Rutter and Faure Requiems and Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie as Jeeves and Wooster with Minnie The Moocher.
JULY 2018. Mollie's Mixtures this month included jazz from Oscar Brown, Bill Evans and Phil Mason's New Orleans All-Stars. We heard excepts from Puccini's La Boheme and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 as well as lieder by Korngold and Taube. The latter 'A Jewish Child', being written in the concentration camp at Theresienstadt. On a lighter note we had Bryn Terfel and two pieces by Joyce Grenfell. The afternoon was top-and-tailed by Frank Sinatra, Mollie's favourite singer, singing 'Summer Wind' and 'All Or Nothing At All'.
JUNE 2018. Alun's presentation on the life and music of Paul Robeson was, as usual, interesting, informative and amusing. The spirituals Steal Away and Deep River contrasted with the songs All Through The Night and Land Of My Fathers that reflected his interest in Welsh male voice choirs. Other songs included Ole Man River, A Perfect Day and unexpectedly Some Enchanted Evening and Look At Me Only With Thine Eyes. My personal favourites were Trees and Just A Wearying For You.
MAY 2018.Josephine's choices included a violin concerto and a violin sonata by Bach, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Albeniz's Sevilla plus other classics from Rachmaninov, Chopin, Verdi and Handel. Lighter pieces included songs from Louis Armstrong, Peter Skellern, the Three Tenors and Julie London.
APRIL 2018. Jo's choices this month included music from the musicals Funny Girl, Gigi, West Side Story, Aspects Of Love, Paint Your Wagon and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Classical pieces included Faure's Masque Et Bergamasque, Bizet's Carmen, Saint-Saens Bassoon Sonata, Grieg Lyric Pieces, Schubert's Trout Quintet, Haydn String Quartet op64 The Lark, Handel and Rossini.
MARCH 2018. Another eclectic selection of music brought in by group members. Classical pieces included Massenet's "Meditation from Thais", Schubert's Octet in F Major D8903 and Elgar's Dream Children". Popular and Jazz items included Sammy Davis Jnr. with September Song, Harp Fusion playing the Black and White Rag and Take Five, and saxophonist Sonny Stitt with Easy To Love.
FEBRUARY 2018. I presented a programme on the theme of dance. We heard ballroom dances from the likes of Victor Sylvester and Joe Loss, Frank Sinatra Dancing In The Dark and Patti Page lamenting the Tennessee Waltz. We also heard a Fandango by Granados, Saint-Saens's Danse Macabre, Sibelius's Valse Triste and Berstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
JANUARY 2018. An enjoyable Christmas Lunch was followed by a selection of music brought in by members. This included Beethoven's 6th Symphony, Mendelsohn's Elijah, some military marches, Strauss's Blue Danube Waltz and Thunder and Lightning Polka, jazz from Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson and Faure's Requiem.