TALLIS HAYDN BUTTERWORTH
DOWLAND MOZART KHACHATURIAN
PURCELL BEETHOVEN BARBER
VIVALDI SCHUBERT COPLAND
HANDEL FAURE TAVERNER
BACH ELGAR GOODALL
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.
In 2016 we plan to spend a couple of afternoons listening to some of Beethoven’s string quartets. 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