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The Music Appreciation Group

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

Future programme

Wed 5th Sep10:00 am9 Ashtree Rd
Wed 3rd Oct7 pm for 7.3043 Cambrian Way

Wednesday 1st August

With apologies for absence from both Dorothy and Neil, seven of us met for our August meeting, kindly hosted by Ann.

Nev set us away with two songs written by Bob Dylan, but not performed by him. Firstly, 'Times they are a changing' by Peter, Paul and Mary, a song with lyrics still relevant today. This was followed by Billy Joel's version of 'To make you feel your love', a song some of us knew but weren't aware it was written by Bob.

Mike had angled his choice on it being a hot and steamy summer and was looking for something laid-back and so took us back to the 60's with Astrud Gilberto and the Bossa Nova song, 'Girl from Ipanema'. His second choice was Sarah Vaughan singing 'Lullaby of Birdland', and we got into the conversation of who first started singing improvised scat?

Ann then took us in a classical direction with Mozart's 'Horn Concerto', a piece she had heard playing while being held in a telephone queue. Mike suggested that companies could offer a choice of music for callers put on hold. Press 1 for classical, 2 for pop! Ann followed this with Shirley Bassey singing 'Where do I begin', from Love Story. She once again bemoaned the apparent lack of modern singers being able to hold a note.

Trish had selected 'All I ask of you' from Phantom of the Opera, this time sung by Chris Corcoran and Lesley Garrett. Her second choice was 'La Donna é Mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto, a song that was one of her father's favourites.

Paul was next with his choice of George Michael and Elton John's excellent live recording of 'Don't let the sun go down on me' and his second choice was George singing 'A different corner'.

Lesley had chosen George Formby 'When I'm cleaning windows' with reference to ukulele player Mark Walsh who had been such a big hit at our last main meeting. Keeping in the Variety Theatre mood we then had 'Big Hearted' Arthur Askey and 'The Bee song', so smiles all round.

David had selected opera this month, and as it happened it was Rigoletto again. This was a 1971 recording with Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland and Sherrill Milnes. The tracks chosen were 'Questa o quell' and 'Bella figlia dell'amore'.

Finally we had tracks from Mike and Paul. Mike selected The Doors' 'Riders on the Storm' mostly for the thunderstorm backing track, and Paul chose 'Sultans of Swing' by Dire Straits.

Our September 5th meeting is to be hosted by Trish and Paul at 9 Ashtree Road and, at Lesley's suggestion, the October 3rd gathering will be in the evening rather than the usual morning. It will be hosted by Ann at 43 Cambrian Way, 7 pm for 7.30. We will agree who is to bring what, drinks or nibbles, at the September meeting. An evening meeting will last more than our usual two hours so members will be able to bring longer tracks than usual.