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MAH JONG Daphne Gotlop
Wed 11.40 – 13.55 (Room 24) email: gotlop2@gmail.com
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 new found skills in the ensuing light-hearted matches.

MATHEMATICS IN CIVILISATION     New     Philip Maher
Thur 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 28) fortnightly on Sept 27; Oct 11, 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6. Jan 17,31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14, 28; May 2, 16, 30; June 13, 27; July11.
Mathematics dates back to the dawn of history. We study its growth, focusing on some key problems and triumphs. We shall see how mathematics inter-penetrates virtually all other areas of culture (both scientific and artistic). We look at the (many extraordinary) lives of the great mathematicians. No prior knowledge required. Questions are encouraged.

MEDICINE TODAY Leo Bernstein & Mary Rossiter
Thur 10.30 – 11.35 (Room 22) email: maryrossiter@outlook.com
Do you wish to be intrigued, confused, enlightened, entertained – perhaps even amused? We discuss articles in medical journals: controversies, disease problems, new treatments etc.  Previous medical knowledge not needed.

MEMORY LANE Moragh Gee
Thur 10.30 – 11.35 (Room 26) fortnightly on Oct 25; Nov 8, 22; Dec 6. Jan 17,31; Feb 14, 28; Mar 14, 28; May  2, 16, 30; June13, 27; July11. 
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.

MINDFUL MEDITATION Orca Liew
Tue 11.40 – 13.50 (Aspern Centre)
Meditation is at the heart of Buddhism – but you do not have to be a Buddhist to meditate. Discover mindfulness within yourself. You may attend for the first hour, the second hour or both.

MUSIC: APPRECIATION Stan Freed
Mon 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 33)
This popular class has been in operation for about 15 years. The coming season will feature a succession of works by various composers with some of the history surrounding them.

MUSIC: THE ART OF THE SONG Stanley Clingman
Tue 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 33) email: clingman@tiscali.co.uk
Fortnightly on Sept 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20 Dec 4. (may continue).
Music – On the street where they lived (c.1920-1960) amicably, happily, and in harmony; the American Songbook, the Singers and the great Jazz players.

MUSIC: CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION Herbie Goldberg
Wed 12.50 – 13,55 (Room 33) email: herbie.g@hgtechnical.co.uk
Fortnightly on Sept 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5. Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, 27;May 1,15, 29; June 12, 26; July 10.
If you enjoy classical music, then this is for you. Join Herbie on a voyage of discovery beyond the well-known favourites that we often hear on the radio.  No technical musical knowledge is needed – it doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned listener or not; each work will be introduced and you will certainly hear many that are new to you and which deserve much more attention in the concert hall then they are given these days.

MUSIC: INTRODUCTION TO OPERA Robert Hugill
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 29) Summer Term only, Fortnightly on May 7, 21; June 4 18; July 2.
email: robert@planethugill.com

Verdi, Wagner and After. Opera in late 19th and early 20th century and the composers who struggled to find a new language. We will include a look at Verismo, Puccini, Richard Strauss and Debussy.

MUSIC: OPERAS WE LOVE Howard Shelter
Mon 15.15 – 16.25 (Room 33)
34 Talks on 22 Very Popular Operas Aida (2 talks), Arabella, La Bohème (2 talks), Carmen (2 talks), Cavaleria Rusticana, Cenerentola, Don Giovanni (2 talks), L’elisir d’amore, Eugene Onegin (2 talks), Fidelio, Die Fledermaus, Der Freischütz (2 talks), Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro (2 talks), Die Meistersinger (2 talks), Norma, Pagliacci, Der Rosenkavalier (2 talks), Rusalka, Tales of Hoffman (2 talks), Tosca (2 talks).

MUSIC: OPERA – VERDI EXTRAVAGANZA Howard Shelter
Tue 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 2.21) fortnightly on Sep 25; Oct 9, 23 Nov 6. 20; Dec 4; Jan 15, 29; Feb 12, 26; Mar 12, 26; Apr 30; May 14, 28; Jun 11, 25; Jul 9:
18 Talks – Just Verdi 1-Ernani & Attila, 2-Luisa Miller, 3-Macbeth, 4-La Traviata, 5-Rigoletto, 6-Il Trovatore, 7- Sicilian Vespers Part 1, 8- Sicilian Vespers Part 2, 9-The Force 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 Part 1, 17-Otello Part 2, 18-Stiffelio (out of premier date order) and Falstaff (his last opera).

MUSIC: RECORDER GROUP Valerie Reuben
Tue 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 22) email: v.reuben@btinternet.com
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: RECORDERS’ EVENSONG Ken Pullen
Mon 18.30 – 20.00 (Room 22)
Note the time email: kenpullen@hotmail.com
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).

MUSIC: SINGING FOR PLEASURE Sheila Rockett
Fri 11.20 – 12.25 (Room 2.21) email: sherock@hotmail.co.uk
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: SINGING MADRIGALS AND EARLY MUSIC New Shirley Shelton & Jill Hoffbrand
Thur 15.30 – 17.30 (Room 2.21) Monthly on Oct 4; Nov 1, 29; Jan 24; Feb 21; Mar 21; May 9, Jun 6, Jul 9. Note the time.
Our small group of enthusiasts has joined U3A, meeting every four weeks for a 2-hour session. We would welcome new members, all voices, particularly those already familiar with singing madrigals and music of the period, and we hope others will be interested to give it a try. If you read music and are moderately confident at sight-singing, please join us. If you would like more information, please telephone Ruth Foxman (020 7435 3968) or email rfoxman999@gmail.com.

MUSIC TASTERS Hazel Brothers
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 26) Autumn Term, fortnightly on Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27. Dec 11.
Another chance to listen to classical music of a different genre each session – concerto, song, chamber music, choral, solo piano, opera. After a brief, non-technical introduction, we will listen to a number 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.

MUSIC THEORY AND EAR TRAINING Michael Cheshire
Thur 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 26) Summer Term only email: michael.cheshire22@btinternet.com
This class is not for complete beginners, but open to anyone who would like to enhance and improve their understanding of music. A workbook, published by the Associated Board will be useful, but discuss with Michael which level would suit you.

MUSIC: UKULELE FOR YOU John Satchwell & Derek Staton
Tue 15.10 – 16.30 (Room 30) email: dratstat@gmail.com
The ukulele is a small guitar with four strings. It is easy to hold and fairly easy to play. It was very popular in the 1920s and is very popular now. We use the internet to supplement learning and use a wide range of popular songs for performance. Reading music is not a requirement, but if you can sing a little, it will help. Ukulele prices start at about £30. We have a few instruments available for you to try.

MUSIC WORKSHOP Peter Hayden
Thur 18.30 – 21.00 (Various Rooms)
Note the time!
String Chamber Music Workshop.This group of amateurs has existed for half a century and has joined U3A in London. Members meet regularly to play quartets (or occasionally quintets) of Haydn, Mozart, early Beethoven and occasionally Dvořák, Brahms – or even Shostakovich.   If you wish to join us, please email: peterhayden1955@gmail.com