Portsdown U3A

Music Study Group
  • Last Updated: 25 Nov 2017


TALLIS                                  HAYDN                                 BUTTERWORTH

DOWLAND                           MOZART                               KHACHATURIAN

PURCELL                              BEETHOVEN                           BARBER

VIVALDI                                 SCHUBERT                              COPLAND

HANDEL                                 FAURE                                      TAVERNER

BACH                                  ELGAR                                    GLASS



How many of Handel’s operas are you familiar with, or can even name? (He wrote over forty.)

How much music do you know by early English composers like John Dunstable, Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Dowland, Henry Purcell, or the more recent George Butterworth? More recently still, can you recall any music by American composer Samuel Barber, other than his Adagio for Strings?

This is just a taste of some of the music members have enjoyed listening to at various times in the past. Having worked through a large number of composers in alphabetical order, we now tend to listen to music that is perhaps less well known, but often delightful. We enjoy the comfortable surroundings and superb facilities provided by Eric Lee to mine into the staggering amount of classical music available, or just relax to the sound of it all. Each member is encouraged to take a turn to compile a programme, and this often provides a valuable learning experience, the only difficulty being to fit the music in to the time available.

Most recently members have put together programmes of string quartets, Proms highlights, music by women composers and French composers, and music influenced by the Reformation. There is still room for a few more participants, so, if you would like to join us on the second Wednesday of each month between 2:30 and 4:30 pm, please just get in touch with Eric Lee.


Group leader: Eric Lee

Email: contact@portsdownu3a.org.uk