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The Music Appreciation Group

Leader:  David Oakley - musicapp@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 563409

Future programme

Wed 2nd May10:00 am40 Willesley Gdns
Wed 6th Jun10:00 am
Wed 4th Jul10:00 am
Wed 1st Aug10:00 am

Wednesday 4th April.

With an apology from Neil there were nine of us assembled for this month's music group meeting, kindly hosted by Ann.

Lesley set us away with her choice of two songs by Matt Monroe, a singer clearly popular with most of us. She chose 'Born Free' and his rendition of 'He Ain't Heavy, he's my Brother'.
Dorothy selected a track from her soloist's collection with 'Vivaldi's Flute Concerto No2'. Played by Jean-Pierre Rampal, the flautist personally credited with returning to the flute the popularity as a solo classical instrument.
Sally then related a recent radio discussion about the suggested lack of training for the pipe organ and the impact this has on the scarcity of church organists. As such she chose two organ pieces, Bach's 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' and Handel's The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', a piece most hadn't heard before.

It was good to welcome Trish and Paul back from their travels and Trish chose two obvious favourites with Andrea Bocelli singing 'Time to say Goodbye' and Mantovani's orchestra with 'Smoke gets in your Eyes'. It seems he was Britain's most successful album act before the Beatles.
Paul had also chosen two of his self described 'gravel voiced' favourites, Neil Diamond singing 'Will you love me Tomorrow' and Chris Rea 'Road to Hell'.
Nev had a leaning towards Elvis this month but from an unexpected direction. Firstly Johnny Cash singing 'Your own personal Jesus', a remark made by Priscilla Presley about Elvis, and Richard Thomson singing 'Galway to Graceland':

"Oh, she dressed in the dark and whispered amen,
She was pretty in pink and was a young girl again,
Twenty years married and she never thought twice,
She sneaked out the door and walked into the night,
And silver wings carried her over the sea,
From the west coast of Ireland to West Tennessee,
To be with her sweetheart, she left everything,
From Galway to Graceland to be with the king".

Mike then proved that technology can work when you need it as he had brought a DVD of Marizo, the Portuguese traditional fado singer in concert, a singer he had hard by chance and was now a big fan.
David followed this up with two amusing tracks from Garrison Keillor's 'Prairie Home Companion' album. Finally Ann chose 'Summertime' with Ella Fitzgerald and Satchmo, a song that had a special memory for her and then 'I am the ruler of the Queens Navy' from 'HMS Pinafore, no longer fashionable but still a favourite.

Our next meeting will be hosted by Neil at 40 Willesley Gardens.