Many older readers may well have come to classical music via the Disney film Fantasia in which a visual story was accompanied by various classical pieces. The last presentation via Zoom and YouTube looked at the life of the conductor of the music, Leopold Stokowski and featured other performances he conducted and an interview with him. An extremely interesting programme carefully put together by the chair of SRMS, Peter Horwood.
Stokowski was actually English with a Polish father and Irish mother and he died near Salisbury at Nether Wallop in Hampshire.
As well as the Rite of Spring (from Fantasia), we heard the Adagio by Samuel Barber, an orchestral version of Bach’s Air on a G String and Ave Maria.
Not as good as meeting in person of course but these sessions have their own value in that we can watch performances and interviews via YouTube. New and existing members are welcome and to get details of the next meeting on 22 March, please leave a message here, on Facebook, or contact a committee member if you know one of them. We look forward to seeing you.