The Music Appreciation group meets in members’ homes on a monthly basis – usually on the afternoon of the third Wednesday in the month. Members take it in turn to host the meeting and there is usually a theme to the recordings played.
On some occasions in 2012, there have been live performances associated with a particular instrument such as the flute, piano, or harpsichord. There have also been vocal illustrations of works by Handel and Schubert, sung by Anneliese Collett. On one occasion, Pat Armstrong presented a fascinating programme on works associated with the sea.
Donald McLean, who until recently was the group’s organiser, encouraged everyone to provide recordings on a Christmas theme.
More recently, a meeting entitled Desert Island Discs showed the breadth of the member’s tastes in music. They ranged from romantic melodies and stirring choruses to a concerto by Shostakovich.
This year we plan to have inter alia an illustrated talk by Valerie Thompson on Arab influences on Spanish music, and in September an organ recital and talk by John Bartlett at St Martin’s church. Performing musicians will always be welcome at our meetings.