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.
The Society is continuing its programme of online meetings and the next is on Monday 8 February with a programme of music for the saxophone. Starting at 7:30 it involves both Zoom and YouTube, but don’t be put off, it’s easy! Contact one of the members of the society or leave a message here on how to join.
The second meeting of the Society using a combination of Zoom and YouTube took place on 19 October 2020 and concerned the Czech composer Zelenka presented by Peter Horwood. There are many who may not have heard of this composer, born in the town of Lounovice near Prague in 1679. His problem – if it can be described thus – was to be around at roughly the same time as Bach and Handel and so his fame was eclipsed after his death.
We listened and watched his Missa Votiva in E minor performed by Collegium 1704 under the energetic baton of Václav Luks. The playing and singing was of a very high standard and the conductor kept to a brisk tempo. The YouTube video was not of a high quality and may also have been compressed so that the full range of sound was not fully available. The recording took place in a large church yet there were no dynamic problems one usually experiences in these large spaces.
Although the music was harmonically rich, it did lack much in the way of memorable melody which might explain his low profile after his death. He was nevertheless a composer of great talent and does deserve to be heard more. As we have said before, one of the roles of the Society is to bring to the fore some of these lesser lights who sometimes get swept aside by musical titans of Bach, Mozart or Beethoven etc.
For those who want to know more there is a Website which tells you more and also lists recordings available on CD or for download.
We were planning to restart but new government restrictions and the rule of 6 has meant – along with many other organisations – we are unable to do so. Various ideas are being looked at and the committee has a meeting this Friday (18 September) to look at options. So for now, it means we shall not be restarting.
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[We shall be restarting on 5th October at a new venue! This will enable us to meet Covid 19 requirements. Details later today!]
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.
Our next meeting will be on Monday 24th February at 7.30pm in our usual venue
where Jon Hampton, chair of Music in Salisbury and a good friend of our Society, will be presenting “From Art to Music – how great art has inspired great music”.
Jon will deliver a wide ranging survey of how great works of art have inspired composers to write great music with a few surprises in store.
I hope you will be able to attend.
Free parking outside the venue. Only £3 for non-members.
Our next meeting will be on Monday 10th February at 7.30pm in our usual venue, hen Peter Curbishley will be presenting: ‘Berlioz’s Vocal Music’. Peter will explore Berlioz’s vast output of vocal music, with a wealth of examples.
I hope you will be able to attend.
Free parking. £3 to non-members