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Music Appreciation Group

by Glenys - 11:07 on 10 August 2018

Twelve members of the Music Group (just two short of the total number, and surely the most to have turned up to a meeting) met at Louise's house on Monday, 6th. 


With such a large membership now, the length of individual pieces of music has, by general consent, been limited to approximately five minutes, so each member of the group can usually expect that two of their selections will be played during the course of the meeting - which, of course, has a break in the middle for coffee and cake!


The topic chosen for August was 'Scottish', and this produced an eclectic mix of musical compositions.


Music played during the morning:


'Gallic Song' - Anne Martin (orchestra and harp);

'The Clan Wallace' - a street performance;

'Stornoway Sound' - a composition by Murray Grainger (Eithne's son) for accordion and fiddle;

'Walter Leask' - accordionists Murray Grainger and Amy Thatcher;

Two selections from 'Lucia di Lammermoor', by Donizetti;

The opening of Granville Bantock's 'Hebridean Symphony';

'Caberfeidh' - Willie Hunter and Violet Tulloch;

A recording of a St Kilda piano composition;

'A Child's Prayer', composed by James Macmillan as a tribute after the tragic Dunblane shootings;

'My Heart's in the Highlands' - by the Orcadian music group Fara;

'Calman the Dove' - Savourna Stevenson;

'Orcadia', composed and sung by Kathie Touin, a Californian composer who now lives in Quoyloo;

'Brose and Butter', by Robert Burns, played by the recorder ensemble, the Flautadors Quartet;

'Meditation' from 'Thais' - Nicola Benedetti;

'Aye Fond Kiss' - Eddi Reader;

'Highland Cathedral', a performance by bagpipes and orchestra;

'The Spey in Spate', composed by Scott Skinner and played by Alistair Savage;

A recording made by the School of Scottish Studies of Gaelic psalms.


The group will meet next on Monday, 3 September, at Glenys's house, and Jean's choice of topic is:  LATIN AMERICAN, in its widest sense.

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