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Category Archives: Music for Pleasure
The Music for Pleasure group met once again following a short suspension over the summer period. John Peters once again hosted an evening of music and entertaining discussion, with the usual break for refreshments during the evening.
John had chosen music from the 60’s for our entertainment, including songs from a variety of artists from the decade, followed by the Carpenters, whose songs, plus the unique voice of Karen Carpenter, still remain popular today. Then there were some more iconic sounds from Simon and Garfunkle.
We then proceeded to make arrangements for our group Christmas meal, which we will hold at the Nabb Inn. It’s good to know that John will be able to join us this year after being unable to do so last Christmas.
For our next meeting on 30th October it was suggested that we listen to some brass band music, which should prove a lively evening and a nice change from the Christmas carols which will no doubt have started playing in all the shops!
To contact Mary, the group leader, please use the form below:-
The meeting of the Music for Pleasure Group this month was a celebration of the 80th birthday of one of our members, Jean. Our host, John, had chosen a suitable selection of music from each of the decades of Jean’s life, from the 30’s up to the present day. There was a diverse programme consisting of early jazz, popular music of the day and music from the musicals. Everyone enjoyed casting their mind back to the tunes they could remember, although many of us protested that they were ‘before our time’! We did have fun guessing the name of the performers though.
There was our, by now usual, interval spread of buffet food, which we all enjoyed as we presented Jean with gifts of flowers, cake, wine and an 80th birthday balloon!
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Tuesday November 28th was the date chosen for the Christmas party by the Music for Pleasure group. John, our host, chose a selection of Christmas music to accompany our usual mix of conversation and laughter. Everyone had brought a contribution to the buffet, and the table was loaded with festive goodies. Despite the small size of the group it could be said that everyone did justice to the meal, and there weren’t too many leftovers!
As December is such a busy month for most people, it was decided that the next group meeting will be on January 23rd, the music choice to be decided upon later.
Thanks, as always, to John, our host.
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.
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.
Please contact the Group Leader, John, on the form below:-