Music Appreciation (Tuesday) – June meeting

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am.  In June, Peter presented a programme of music with the title of Summer.  We began with ‘A Song before Sunrise’, one of several pieces by Frederick Delius (1862-1934).  This was followed by ‘Fresh Morning’ by Eric Coates (1886-1957) and the poem ‘Adlestrop’ read by Geoffrey Palmer; this is a perfect picture of an English summer’s day.  Next we soared away to the ethereal sounds of ‘The Lark Ascending’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1871-1958).  This was followed by five short pieces: ‘Cornflowers and Poppies’ (Alexander Glazunov); ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ (Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov); ‘Garden Scene’ (Erich Korngold); ‘Fountain Dance’ (Edward Elgar); and ‘In the Garden’ (Dmitry Shostakovich).  After coffee we listened to ‘Summer Night on the River’ (Delius) and the ‘Cotswold Symphony’ by Gustav Holst (1874-1934).  This latter piece is well worth listening to and is dominated by the second movement ‘Elegy – In Memoriam to William Morris’.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 25th July, when Amanda will present the programme of music.  Peter Ellement.