Music Appreciation (Friday)


Where and when

We meet at 10am on the last Friday of the month at the home of a group member.

Other information

Do please telephone for more information.

Contact details

Geoff Moth 01858 432275   email:



Music Appreciation (Friday) – June meeting

The sea was our inspiration for our June meeting.  Starting on the Cornwall Cliffs with Arnold Bax’s ‘Tintagel’, we moved on to the sea in all its moods with Benjamin Britten’s ‘Four Sea Interludes’.  Claude Debussy then provided his impressionist’s vision of the ocean with ‘La Mer’.  Our voyage continued by hearing the first incidental […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – May meeting

The theme for our May meeting was ‘Something Borrowed’, with music from composers who based their compositions on works by other composers.  Starting with Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ based on a theme by Henry Purcell, we continued with Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ played on the organ coupled with a symphonic transcription […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – April meeting

At our April meeting we celebrated Spring by listening to music from composers over five centuries.  Starting with Vivaldi, we went on to Robert Schumann with a movement from his Symphony No 1 (Spring Symphony), then to Tchaikovsky and Glazenov for the Spring Sections of their ‘Seasons’ pieces.  Finally we burst into the twentieth century […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – March & April meetings

At our March meeting we listened to a programme of music by Chopin, including a selection of pieces for solo piano and his first Piano Concerto.  We also heard Alexander Glazonov’s Chopiniana which later appeared as the music for the Ballet ‘Les Sylphides’, first produced by Mikhail Fokine in 1907, and a young Stravinsky’s arrangement […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – February meeting

At our February meeting we listened to ballet music featured in the Operas of Carl Maria Weber, Amilcare Ponchielli and Giuseppe Verdi.  These were added to the performances usually after the third act of a four act opera and, in most instances, bore no relation the the content of of the operas concerned.  We also […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – January meeting

At our January meeting, the group (much depleted by illness) listened to some popular classics from Russian composers.  We started with Mikhail Glinka’s overture ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ and this was followed by Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Strings’.  After a slightly early interval we moved on to the ‘Violin Concerto No 2 in D Minor’ by Henryk […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – November meeting

At our November meeting, after a quick blast of the main title music from the movie the Sea Hawk for Chris, we listened to voices.  Jose Carreras introduced the programme by  providing the solo tenor voice to the Creole Mass written by Ariel Ramires from Argentina, we also heard him later in tenor arias from […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – October meeting

We devoted the first half of our October meeting to the music of Joseph Hayden.  We listened to two examples of his extremely wide range of compositions, namely his String Quartet in E Flat and his Symphony No 103.  The latter was written during one of his two residences in London, which proved to be […]


Music Appreciation (Friday) – August meeting

At our August meeting we enjoyed a selection of Suites by Khachaturian, collected from his music for the Ballet and other theatrical performances.  After refreshments, we listened to a spirited performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim.  The amateur conductors in the group managed to contain themselves during […]