We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am and our March meeting contained just two works. We began with the ‘Piano Sonata No 17 in G Major (The Tempest)’ by Beethoven. This is one of three sonatas written during 1803 to 1804 under the Opus 31 label and we are now over half way in our plan to listen to the 32 sonatas. We are listening to the Daniel Barenboim collection under the Deutsche Grammophon label. The second work we heard was ‘Ma Vlast (My Country)’ by Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884). The complete work lasting 80 minutes is made up of six symphonic poems, the best known of which is Vltava or the Moldau – a Czech river. All six poems express features of the Czech countryside or its history and its heroes. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 18th April, when Amanda will present the programme of music. Peter Ellement.