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 Wieniawski, a Polish Composer new to us all. I stumbled upon the piece while listening to Radio 3 and found that there was quite a large range of CDs devoted to his compositions. I chose Itzhak Perlman and the Orchestra de Paris. Wieniawski was a virtuoso violinist who joined the Paris Conservatoire at the age of nine and toured Europe and America extensively during his short life, dying of a heart attack at the age of 45. The morning ended with pieces by Mussorgsky and Borodin. Our next meeting will be on February 24th when we will listen to music written for dance. Geoff Moth.