Our last meeting before Christmas
The next meeting, the last before Christmas, will be on Monday 6 December at 7.30 when Ruth Barlow will present Classical Music in Animations and invite us to join her in an end of term scamper through some cartoons with great classical music, including considering whether Fantasia was Mickey Mouse’s finest hour and listening to Tom and Jerry playing Liszt.
As before, we ask all attending to follow the Covid safety measures we have in place including signing in and sanitising procedures on arrival, well spaced seating, wearing a mask, minimising moving around and maintaining social distancing. From recent government announcements, it would seem that provided we follow our current practice this will fit within the latest Covid guidelines, so we plan to go ahead with the meeting on Monday, but if anyone feels uncomfortable and decides not to attend we shall understand.
After Monday we have a break until 31st January 2022 when we shall be delighted to welcome John Challenger to explore the highs and lows, the delights and difficulties of commercial recording on one of the greatest cathedral organs in the country: Salisbury’s own Father Willis Organ
We hope you will be able to come and feel comfortable on Monday 6th December
The programme for the next two seasons can be accessed from the link below. Copies of the programme will be available during meetings and we hope to have them in the Tourist Information Centre in Fish Row, the Library and in the Oxfam Music room in Catherine St.
We held our last meeting on Monday evening (10 May 2021) using a combination of Zoom and YouTube. It was a presentation by Ruth of a selection of humoresques. She said ‘a humoresque is not necessarily funny, but they do tend to have a whimsical, flippant character, and a general disregard for musical convention.’ You can listen to her selection – which is well worth while – by following this YouTube link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDYYr-sXg1St6Iys2ElVT3tRHS-btqDs2
It has been a funny season where we have not of course, been able to meet. However, the online format has worked surprisingly well and has enabled a different perspective from our normal modus operandi. We have been able to see some of the performances as well as listen which does sometimes add to the experience. When we meet in person again – which we hope to do in the autumn – we plan to do more of the visual presentations using the screen the music room has installed.
Details of the 2021/22 programme are now being put together and will be posted here and in leaflet form around the town as before (Oxfam, TIC and Library).
We hope to see you again when we reconvene.
Zoom meeting planned
After the problems which we are all aware of, we were unable to restart earlier this month but the committee has been active in thinking up a solution. So, on the 5th October at 7:30 pm, we shall be doing an experiment with Zoom and YouTube built around some early work by Sibelius.
This is an experiment of course and members are invited to get in touch with Committee member Ruth for details and the necessary links. If you haven’t used Zoom before, it’s quite easy if you follow some fairly straightforward steps. YouTube is likewise pretty easy. You will need a little camera for your pc if that is your system: laptops and Apple machines have one installed, not all monitors do. They are cheap at under £30 and you just plug it in.
You might need to ‘mute’ when someone is speaking because interference or noise builds up if you don’t. Hover over the bottom of the screen and a microphone symbol will appear and you can ‘mute’ or ‘unmute’ by clicking it.
We look forward to as many of our members as possible joining this innovative solution in these troubled times.
We hope to restart meetings in the Autumn
We need hardly note that the programme at the start of this year had to be abandoned so it is with pleasure that – tentatively at least – we hope to restart in the Autumn with a programme up to Christmas. The first session will be on Monday 21 September and will be The Legend of Orpheus and the Birth of Opera by Jeremy Barlow.
Starting at 7:30 as usual and at the usual place which if you haven’t been before is at the rear of the Guide’s Centre in St Ann St. By car go down to the end of Exeter St and left before the roundabout into Carmalite Way. Then left and almost back to St Ann St and there are some green gates on the left into a free car park. Access is easy for those with disabilities.
It is a modest £3 for non-members.
Please keep an eye on this site or on Facebook in case we have to cancel.
Once we have finalised the remaining evenings we will post the full programme here.
Look forward to seeing you or welcoming new members in September!
Since our last email it has become clear that we are very unlikely to be able to resume any of our sessions this season, and so we have regretfully decided to cancel the rest of this season’s sessions.
We plan to re-schedule the two sessions with a presenter (Peter Horwood and Richard Langham Smith) into the 2020-21 season.
If it happens that things ease sufficiently in the next 2 months (one can but hope) we might look at arranging a session, perhaps a special members’ evening in June to round off the season.
The committee is endeavouring to prepare the 2020-21 programma which we hope will commence as usual in September 2020.
Meanwhile, I hope we all stay healthy and safe.
We regret to say the meeting planned for Monday 23 March has been postponed because of the current Covid-19 situation. Things are obviously changing fast – COBRA met this morning – so what happens in the future is in the lap of the gods.
We will let you know what we plan to do once we know more of what is going to happen.
The meeting tonight (Monday 11 November) concentrates on some less well known English composers presented by Christopher Guild. 7:30 as usual.
The new season’s programme is now available
We are pleased to attach the new programme for 2019 – 20. It is an exciting programme with a lot to interest people who like classical music. Several presenters have chosen an English theme this year – five in all – as well as other classics such as Handel and Berlioz. There are two members’ evenings which are open to non members. You can download the programme from here although there will be hard copies available in the Tourist Office; Oxfam’s Music Room and the Library.
Hard copies of the programme is available in the Tourism Information Centre in Fish Row, Oxfam Music Room in Catherine St; and in Salisbury and Amesbury Libraries.
Entrance for non members is £3.
Programme 2019 – 20 (pdf)
… well not quite! But the 2019/20 programme is in the final stages of production and will hit the streets very soon. It will be posted here next week. This year is strong on British music.