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 meeting on 24th May 2017

Martin Schulze presented a programme of music written in the baroque period specially for trumpet with organ accompaniment, and we enjoyed watching and listening the performers on video.

Report on a meeting on 28th June 2017

Richard Jones gave an illustrated presentation based on “The short and brilliant career of Pergolesi”.  This had been adapted from a presentation he previously gave at an “Aspects of Italy” Interest Group meeting but having more emphasis on the music rather than on the country.

Report on a meeting on 26th July 2017

Margaret Hawkes and Edna Gay shared leading this meeting and played a selection of music that they would take if marooned on a desert island.

Report on a meeting on 23rd August 2017

Peter Willett gave an illustrated presentation on Mendelssohn’s ten visits to the UK and played a selection of his music which had been inspired by his visits or written for specific music festivals here.

Report on a meeting held on 27th September 2017

Barbara Lowe used the “title, “Best of British” to play a selection of music from British composers including Eric Coates, Edward Elgar, George Butterworth. Ralph Vaughan Williams,Richard Addinsell, Charles Williams, Karl Jenkins, Gilbert & Sullivan and Ronald Binge.