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October Music Group meeting

by Glenys - 17:57 on 01 October 2018


Music Appreciation Group

The October meeting of the Music Group took place at Alan and Angela’s on Monday 1st, and members had based their choices loosely around ‘Music to be played at my funeral/In celebration of my life/Memories’.  The resulting music was a delightful mix of movements from the following:

Two separate choices from Richard Rodney Bennett’s “Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song” (‘Ca the yowes’), played by the cellist Paul Watkins, with the Philharmonia Orchestra;

Thomas Tallis’s “Spem in Alium”, sung by The Tallis Scholars;

Gracie Fields singing “Sing as We Go”;

Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Suite Algérienne”;

Bach, “Partita No 3 in E major” for solo violin, played by Fenella Humphreys;

Chuck Berry, singing his composition “Little Queenie”;

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor Herbert von Karajan;

Woody Guthrie singing one of the Dust Bowl Ballads, “So Long, it’s been Good to Know You”;

Alexander Armstrong singing Manning Sherwin’s  “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”;

The “Cavatina” from Beethoven’s “String Quartet No 13, played by the Alexander String Quartet;

“Si Bheag, Si Mhor”, played by the Irish group Plaxty (from their “Between the Jigs and the Reels:

A Retrospective”), with Liam O’Flynn playing the wonderful uilleann pipes;

Mozart, “Serenade ‘Gran Partita’”, played by the Linos Ensemble;

Bizet, duet from “The Pearl Fishers”, played on the flute and harp;

“Five & Twenty Questions”, composed and sung by the American singer/songwriter Mark Spoelstra;

John Denver singing his “Sunshine on my Shoulder”.

The next meeting will be on Monday, 5th November, and will take place at Louise’s house in Stromness.  The theme will be advised in due course.


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