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MAH JONG Daphne Gotlop
Wed 11.30 – 13.45 (Room 24)
Mah Jong’s ancient roots are found in the Far East. With a similarity to rummy and played with beautifully decorated tiles, it is a game that is easy to learn but needs skill, guile and a little luck to master. Join our friendly group to learn the basics and then test your newly found skills in the ensuing light-hearted matches.

MEDICINE TODAY Leo Bernstein & Mary Rossiter
Thur 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 22)
Do you wish to be intrigued, confused, enlightened, entertained – perhaps even amused? We discuss articles in medical journals: news, controversies, disease problems, new treatments etc.  Previous medical knowledge not needed.

MEMORY LANE New Moragh Gee
Thur 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 30)
A trip down memory lane. We shall make new connections through old stories. I will bring an interesting tale for our first session and we will then choose future themes. Group size limited to twelve.

MONEY MATTERS New Anthony Sober
Wed 12.40 – 13.55 (Room 33) Autumn and Spring terms, fortnightly on Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec 14. Jan 18; Feb 1, 15; Mar 1, 15, 29.
This course of talks covers the history of money and banking; shares; investments; interest rates; leverage/gearing; derivatives; bankers’ salaries; taxation; tax avoidance; the financial crash in 2008; the credit crunch; the Euro crisis.

MUSIC: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN Deborah Frankel
Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 2.21)
Fortnightly on Sept 27; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6. Jan 10, 24; Feb 7, 21; Mar 7, 21; Apr 25. May 9, 23; June 6, 20; July 4
Come along and sing G & S! We decide democratically which excerpts from the operettas we sing. All voices welcome, men (or women prepared to sing tenor or bass/baritone). Sight-reading useful but not necessary. There will be opportunities to sing solos, duets etc. if you wish. Come and have fun and possibly dance a cachucha, fandango or bolero – but sorry, no manzanilla!

MUSIC: THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK: PART3 Stanley Clingman
Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 22)
Fortnightly on Sept 27; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6. Jan 10, 24; Feb 7, 21; Mar 7, 21; Apr 25. May 9, 23; June 6, 20; July4
In the years 1920 – 1950 songs poured out of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. It was a golden period of melody and clever verse that was of its time and can never be repeated. The influence of jazz was never far away. Come and listen to Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Berlin, Kern and many more. This is the great classical music of our times and is so being recognized.

MUSIC: INTRODUCTION TO OPERA Robert Hugill
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 29) Summer term only, fortnightly on Apr 25. May 9, 23; June 6, 20; July 4.
Verdi, Wagner and after: each lecture will look at composers who followed the two giants of the 19th century, creating the modern opera world with music by Puccini, Richard Strauss, Engelbert Humperdink, Debussy and more.

MUSIC: LIGHT AND CLASSICAL Stan Freed
Mon 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 33) Fortnightly on Oct 17, 31; Nov 14, 28; Dec 12. Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13, 27; May 8, 22; June 12, 26; July 10.
Exploring light and classical music. The class chooses the programme from a list of nearly 4,000 titles.

MUSIC: ORCHESTRAL CLASSICAL ALLSORTS Howard Shelter
Mon 14.00 -15.05 (Room 33)
Fortnightly on Sept 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21;  Dec 5; Jan 9, 23;Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 24; May 15; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3.
Second Year. In each session a variety of familiar and unfamiliar tuneful and interesting orchestral excerpts will be played, including those from concerti, ballets, symphonies, overtures, tone poems and more. Revisit old favourites and discover new gems.

MUSIC: PERSPECTIVES IN OPERA A Howard Shelter
Mon 15.10 – 16.25 (Room 33)
Twelfth year: A chance to hear excerpts from opera with commentary, chosen from literally thousands of excerpts from the hundreds of operas, by hundreds of composers which have been composed over four centuries. The sessions, which include about 48 minutes of music, are on single operas or on opera themes with translations provided. Why is the co-ordinator so enthusiastic?   Why don’t you find out?

MUSIC: PERSPECTIVES IN OPERA B Howard Shelter
Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 2.21)   Note late start.
Fortnightly on Oct 18; Nov 1, 15, 29; Dec 13; Jan 17, 31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14, 28; May 2, 16, 30; Jun 13, 27; Jul 11.
Eleventh year – this course is intended to offer insight into some well-known and lesser known and even neglected operas in a similar format to the Monday course. (No part of the previous year’s Tuesday course material will be repeated.) Share the co-ordinator’s enthusiasm and discover the joys of opera.

MUSIC: RECORDER GROUP Valerie Reuben
Tue 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 22)      
We are a self-supporting group with a variety of skills and different levels of experience
We enjoy playing together and value each player and whatever they contribute. We welcome new players.

MUSIC: SINGING FOR PLEASURE Sheila Rockett
Fri 11.20 – 12.25 (Room 2.21)
Whatever your voice, come and join us for a good vocal workout. Sight-reading ability valuable but not essential, as all notes are taught. We sing old-style folk songs, part-songs, the occasional madrigal and show-songs. All are very welcome. Enthusiasm is the main qualification.

MUSIC: THE SYMPHONY FROM 1700 TO PRESENT DAY Herbie Goldberg
the Annexe, at 12.40 – 13.45 on Wednesday, 5 October and fortnightly thereafter.
He says “I will trace the history of the symphony from its beginnings to the present, with illustrations from great masters and lesser-known composers. If you are a seasoned concert-goer or just like listening to classical music, this course is for you.”

MUSIC: UKULELE FOR YOU John Satchwell
Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 33)
Old songs, new songs, black, white and blue songs. The ukulele can play them all. From Music Hall to Broadway. So much more than George Formby. Four strings good. Come and make music. There will be a couple of instruments for you to try and after this sample session you may want to buy your own instrument. Prices start from about £30. Reading music is not a requirement.

MUSIC WORKSHOP Simon Hill
Thur 18.30 – 21.00 (Various Rooms)Note the time!
String Chamber Music Workshop (This group has existed for half a century.) A group of amateurs who have been meeting regularly and have joined U3A in London. We meet to play quartets or occasionally quintets etc – Haydn, Mozart, early Beethoven and occasionally Dvořák, Brahms – or even Shostakovich. If you wish to join in, please e-mail: simonrhill@yahoo.co.uk