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The Music Appreciation Group

Leader:  Lesley Thomas - musicapp@ashbyu3a.co.uk - 01530 588740

Future programme

Wednesday 1st April

The Music Appreciation Group held its first virtual meeting today with the participants having chosen their music in advance and checked that it was available on Spotify so that we would all be able to listen to it through that App on our computers, tablets or phones.

From Lesley we had The Police and "Don't stand so close to me" for obvious reasons, and then Frank Sinatra and the concert version of "Ol’ man river"

From Mike we had “You’ll never walk alone”. Not from Gerry & the Pacemakers but this time from Roy Orbison. Secondly something a bit more relaxing; John Williams’ “Concierto de Aranjuez” from his Seville Concert album.

Estelle joined us for the first time and she brought us Errol Garner, playing his own composition, the wonderful “Misty”. A great introduction piece, Estelle.

Nev gave us two unusual pieces: The first is a track that Greta Thunberg would appreciate; “Saltwater” by Julian Lennon. The second has a title that is appropriate for the current crises although it is a song about lost love: “End of the World” by Skeeter Davis.

Dorothy chose to bring us some more familiar but nonetheless excellent works. “Bridge over Troubled Waters” by Simon and Garfunkel followed by Franz Schubert's “Ave Maria” played by Sheku Kanneh-Mason on cello as played at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Beautiful

Neil followed up on the idea of choosing some longer pieces since we weren't limited to our usual 2 hour format and proposed “MacArthur Park” by Richard Harris or, if we preferred, Glen Campbell’s version. He followed that with “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis which fitted in nicely with Mike’s choice of the “Concierto de Aranjuez”. He then offered a more light hearted tune, suitable for April Fool’s Day ie “Fool Number 1” by Brenda Lee.

Sallie chose Tom Jones and “The Green, Green Grass of Home”, as that's what she is doing a lot of at the moment. Her second choice was the theme from the film “Brief Encounter”, for obvious reasons.

That was an excellent selection, as ever, and a great start to Virtual Meeting, although one or two had difficulty downloading Spotify or getting it to play the right tune!

Something for the techies to sort out before next time which will hopefully be on May 6th.