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Music for Pleasure Plan Music from Wartime Evening

The Music for Pleasure group met at John Peters’ home on 28th March.

Following our ‘recital’ evening last month we reverted to recorded music, and this month John had selected music with a ‘folksy’ feeling. We began with the popular group from the 1960’s and ‘70’s The Spinners and some of their best known and well-loved renditions, including ‘The Leaving of Liverpool’.

We then heard from the Seekers, the Australian group which still has many fans, due in part to the beautiful voice of lead singer Judith Durham. (The group founded later calling themselves The New Seekers could never hold a candle to the original one).

This was followed by some Irish drinking songs. Perhaps, rather disturbingly, some of our members could remember and sing along to some of the words which we remembered from our younger days in the sixties!

Lastly, we heard from Annie Lennox. This provided a more up to date contribution to the evening, which was also once again a most enjoyable social occasion for our members.

Our next meeting will consist of an evening of music from wartime days of the 40’s in celebration of the recent 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn, plus other nostalgic and patriotic items.

Future plans were discussed, including a summer barbecue (hopefully!), and even stretching as far ahead as next Christmas, when it is hoped that choir members from the Torkard Ensemble will sing carols for the group.

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Violinist, Jenny Beaumont, to entertain on 28th February 2017

The Music for Pleasure group held its first session of the year on 31st January 2017 when we listened to the music of some of the musicians and personalities who had passed away during 2016.  From an extensive list of names, the evening’s programme consisted of music by George Michael, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Rick Parfitt of Status Quo, Sir Jimmy Young and the brilliant comedienne Victoria Wood.

One of the first losses of 2016 was that of the much loved and respected broadcaster, Terry Wogan, whose legion of TOGs (Terry’s old geezers and gals) still mourn his passing.  A highlight of his morning radio show was the telling of the Janet and John stories, and we laughed along to a couple of these in tribute to Terry.

The group enjoyed its usual mix of music and conversation, with the customary break for coffee and cakes.

John indicated that he would still be willing to continue as co-ordinator for the group, but asked if a group member would be willing to attend meetings, as this was difficult for him.  Margaret White was happy to take on this role, for which the group offered their thanks.

Violinist Jenny Beaumont, the daughter of group member Mary Wilson, has agreed to entertain the group at our next meeting on 28th February 2017.

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Music for Pleasure Welsh Theme

The Music for Pleasure group met on Tuesday 28th October when the music contained a Welsh theme. Artists included (inevitably) Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey, also Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, Charlotte Church and the Band of the Welsh Guards. The list also included, perhaps surprisingly, Catherine Zeta Jones duetting with Alfie Boe. There were more items from Alfie Boe and from Gareth Gates, both of whom were subsequently discovered not to have been of Welsh origin, but whose music was nonetheless appreciated amongst the mix.

There was the, by now customary, combination of music and conversation enjoyed by all the members. Delicious home-made treats were provided by Peggy during the interval.

The next meeting will consist of the group’s pre-Christmas meal at the Broomhill on Tuesday 29th November. It was decided not to hold a meeting during December when many people have a fairly busy social calendar in the run-up to Christmas.

Plans for meetings during 2017 were discussed. A Music Quiz night was proposed for the January meeting. 2017 plans also include an evening with music provided by violinist Jenny Beaumont.

Thanks, as usual, go to John, who has hosted the Music for Pleasure group since its inception.

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Music for Pleasure September Update

The Music for Pleasure group met at the home of our co-ordinator, John Peters, on Tuesday 27th September. We welcomed yet another new member, Stuart, to our group, which now means that we have the maximum number for our very enjoyable evenings of music and conversation.

This week, John gave us the usual eclectic mix of pop and classical genres. We began with ‘old standard’ and show music from Alexander Armstrong, best known as the presenter of TV quiz show Pointless, but also the possessor of a fine, trained baritone voice. By contrast we followed this with excerpts from The Planet Suite by Gustav Holst.

As the following day marked the birthday of one of our members, Jean, we then had a surprise ‘Happy Birthday’ break for coffee, tea and birthday cakes.

The second half of the evening continued with some Classic Rock – well known classical themes played to a full orchestral score, and finally some items from The King, Elvis.

As usual, we all enjoyed the mix of music and conversation, and look forward to our next meeting on 25th October when we will have another wide-ranging selection of music to suit all our tastes.

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Music for Pleasure Musical Evening

The Music for Pleasure group enjoyed another varied musical evening at the home of John Peters on Tuesday 31st May.

As ever, the choice of music was wide-ranging. The first half of the evening was devoted to a selection of harp music by Rupert Parker followed by the superb guitar playing of John Williams with his group Sky. His take on both classical and popular music themes amply displayed musicianship and his mastery of the guitar.

After a short break for refreshments with coffee, tea and home-made cake, the second half of the evening’s programme consisted of a lively selection of standards by Jools Holland and his orchestra with guest vocalists. This provided plenty of entertainment in the form of memory exercise to guess the name of the singer.

The evening finished with some golden oldies – Whispering Grass by the Ink Spots, some humour in the form of the Goodies’ Funky Gibbon and finally a rendition of the folk classic Black Velvet Band.

The next session will be devoted to piano music in its various forms, ranging from classical to jazz.

For anyone who is interested in joining this lively social group, please contact John Peters on 0115 9634990 or on the form below.

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