Come and join us

The Society is continuing to meet on line and we would welcome existing or new members to join us

We have been meeting with the aid of Zoom and YouTube and several successful evenings have been held in the past few months. I know many people are afraid of some of these programs such as Facebook, Twitter et al, but if you are sensible there is very little risk.

To get onto Zoom, just type it into your search engine* and there are several sites which will guide you through the installation which is easy. To join the Society’s evening, you will need to get an invitation from one of us: Peter, Ed or Ruth will organise this and you will receive an email with the necessary links.

The meeting starts with an introduction on Zoom, then we sign out and follow the relevant YouTube link to the performance(s). Then back together via Zoom for a brief discussion. It’s all free so there is no question of entering personal or bank details which worries a lot of people.

Last night (28 December 2020) for example, we listened to Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata Opus 106. To see and listen to this follow this link: https://youtu.be/Sf9eZdeS8es (there is an advertisement to start but at the bottom right you’ll see a counter and then you can close the ad). It really is that easy.

If you have not used Zoom before (or the other similar programs such as Teams or WebEx) there are a couple of extra things. You will need a webcam unless you have a Mac, laptop or other device with one installed (there will be a tiny camera in the middle at the top of the screen). You may find people cannot hear you because you are muted. Hover the mouse over the bottom of the screen and a row of symbols will pop up one of which is the mute button shown as a microphone.

So we hope to see you soon and the next meeting is on 11th January starting at 19:30. Just make contact with one of the Committee and we will get you onto the list and send an email invitation. If you are not a member, you can send a message using this site or via Facebook if you prefer (just type: Facebook, Salisbury Recorded Music Society). We look forward to seeing you again.

*Personally, I do not use Google because they use your information to sell to companies, hence those pop-ups which are so annoying. I use Startpage.com which is a private search engine. Others use DuckDuckGo another private search engine.

Peter Curbishley

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