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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.

MATHEMATICSJohn Zucker Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 28) Spring and Summer Terms only. Fortnightly on Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13; Apr 17; May 1, 15, 29; June 12; 26; July 10. Famous Mathematicians – and what made them famous. Non-mathematicians may be familiar with Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton etc. without any idea what made their work important. This course explains the essence of their contribution to the subject and what they contributed to the world of mathematics. The contributions of less well-known but equally important mathematicians e.g. Euler, Gauss, and Ramanujan and the lives they lived will also be described. Some of these not even a novelist would have dared to invent.

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.

Thur 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 26)
Memory Lane is social, stimulating and comfortable at the same time. It may also be useful if you are writing, whether memoirs or fiction. In this group we use different triggers to re-awaken memories which we share, and when we listen to others’ stories, we often find another memory of our own surfacing. We all have a store of memories and stories but in the daily round these can get lost or forgotten

MUSIC: THE ART OF THE SONG Stanley Clingman Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 22) fortnightly on Sept 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5. Jan 9, 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 24;May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3. The Great American Songbook will be at the heart of my course but, in addition, I will reach out to many places, and to different times, for other songs that are also full of enchantment and delight.

MUSIC: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN Deborah Frankel Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 2.21) fortnightly on Oct 3, 17; 31 Nov 14, 28; Dec 12. Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13; Apr 17; May1, 15, 29; June 12; 26; July 10. Come along and sing G & S! We all decide which excerpts from the operettas we sing. All voices welcome, men (or women who sing tenor or bass). 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!

Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 29) Summer Term only, fortnightly on Apr 17: May 1, 15, 29; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10. Monteverdi to Verdi: We look at the creation of opera as we know it from its earliest origins at the Italian courts through to the 19th century, taking in the careers of Monteverdi, Handel, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Bizet, Massenet, Gounod and Verdi.

MUSIC: THE BRAHMS SERIES Stan Freed Mon 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 33)
We will continue to follow the progress of Brahms and his music.

Tue 11.30 – 12.35 (Room 2.21)
Fortnightly on Sep 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5. Jan 9, 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 24; May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19; July 3.

Just Puccini – 16 talks with music on his 12 operas, the same programme as given on Mondays last year. 1-Le Villi, 2-Edgar, 3-Manon Lescaut, 4-La Bohème Part 1, 5-La Bohème Part 2, 6-The Girl of The Golden West, 7-Tosca Part 1, 8-Tosca Part 2, 9-Madam Butterfly, Part 1, 10-Madam Butterfly Part 2, 11-La Rondine, 12-Il Tabarro & Suor Angelica, 13-Gianni Schicchi, 14-Turandot Part 1, 15-Turandot Part 2, 16-Medley from all 12.

MUSIC: OPERA – VERDI EXTRAVAGANZA AND MORE Howard Shelter Mon 15.15 – 16.25 (Room 33)
Talks 1-17 JUST VERDI – 17 talks with music on 16 of his operas:
1- Ernani and Attila 2- Luisa Miller 3- Macbeth 4- La Traviata 5- Rigoletto 6- Il Trovatore 7- The Sicilian Vespers, Part 1 8- The Sicilian Vespers, Part 2 9- The Forces of Destiny 10- Don Carlos, Part 1 11- Don Carlos, Part 2 12- Simon Boccanegra 13- A Masked Ball 14- Aida Part 1 15- Aida Part 2 16- Otello 17- Stefelio (out of premier date order) & Falstaff (his last opera). Talks 18-34 on other operas and operatic themes.

Tue 10.00 – 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.

Mon 18.30 – 20.00 (Room 22) Note the time
Rediscover the joy of this simple but delightful instrument. Recall the basics of fingering and articulation to play new and old tunes in a self-managed group. (N.B. you can park in Belsize Park after 18.30).

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.

Wed 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 33) 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. 1700 to the present day. Almost all classical composers in Western Europe (and elsewhere) have, at some time, written symphonies. I will trace the history of the symphony from its beginnings to the present, with illustrations from great masters and lesser-known composers. No previous knowledge is required; all will be explained. If you are curious to know how symphonies have evolved, and are a seasoned concert-goer or someone who just likes listening to classical music, this course is for you.

MUSIC TASTERS Hazel Brothers
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 26) Autumn Term only, fortnightly on Sept 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5.
Each session will be devoted to a particular genre of classical music – concerto, song, chamber music, choral, solo piano, opera (not necessarily in that order). After a brief, non-technical introduction, we will listen to numbers of short extracts which I hope will include some music you are already fond of, and some unfamiliar pieces to whet your appetite to seek out the whole work.

Tue 15.00 – 16.05 (Room 30) Spring and Summer Terms only
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.

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 telephone Peter or e-mail: