Report from the Music Appreciation Group

Report on a meeting on 26th April 2017 “The music of Rachmaninoff” was the title of David Dennis’ presentation.  He described his life and we listened to a number his pieces of music including preludes, symphonies and concertos particularly his “Song without words”, “Vespers” and his “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”. Report on a … Continue reading Report from the Music Appreciation Group

Music Appreciation report on 24th August 2016 meeting

Peter Willett gave a presentation on the theme of “Music with meteorological connections” The first half of the programme consisted of; Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto, 1st and 2nd movements; Judy Garland singing “Somewhere over the rainbow”; Matt McGranaghan playing his arrangement of “Somewhere over the rainbow” on his fiddle; Kevin Lee playing his arrangement of “Somewhere … Continue reading Music Appreciation report on 24th August 2016 meeting

Music Appreciation report on 27th July 2016 meeting

Danni Wotton presented an interesting programme of music that had been inspired by the works of Shakespeare. This included; act 3 of Verdi’s “Falstaff”, four pieces from Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet”, “Ah, la paterna mano” from “Macbeth” Purcell’s “If music be the food of love”, “Nor Nobis Domine” from “Henry V”. Bernstein’s “West Side Story”, … Continue reading Music Appreciation report on 27th July 2016 meeting

Report on a Music Appreciation Group meeting on 25th May 2016

Valerie Page gave a very interesting presentation of music under the heading “Villains”. The “Villains” mostly turned out to be the “baddies” in operas. The music we listened to was:- Verdi; “Luisa Miller” (1849) Mozart; “The Magic Flute” (1791) Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Jesus Christ, Superstar” (1970) Donnizatti; “Lucrezia Borgia” (1833) Boito; “Mefistofele” (1868) Verdi; “Rigoletto” … Continue reading Report on a Music Appreciation Group meeting on 25th May 2016

Music Appreciation report on 22nd June 2016 meeting

There was a last-minute change to the programme for this meeting resulting in John Culling giving a presentation on the “History of the Classical Guitar”.  The customary use of CD’s was enhanced by watching a number of DVD’s of people playing guitars. John traced the development of the modern classical guitar from its ancestor, the … Continue reading Music Appreciation report on 22nd June 2016 meeting

Music Appreciation report on 23rd March 2016 meeting

Dick Darke gave a presentation of music he had selected under the title of “The Best Bits”.   We enjoyed listening to nineteen pieces of music in various styles under this broad heading.  As this was his personal choice, I’m sure any other member giving this presentation might well have chosen different music.  We didn’t discus … Continue reading Music Appreciation report on 23rd March 2016 meeting