Stokowski

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. 

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Next Zoom meeting

We have another meeting on Monday 8th March starting at 7:30pm.  We have done a number of these so far and they have been successful.  A slightly different format to our physical meetings in that speakers are introducing YouTube videos to discuss aspects or show performances.

If you would like to participate, leave a message here on on Facebook and we will get the joining instructions to you.

Re restarting

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.