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Music – Singing for Pleasure

MAH JONG Elise Vandervelde
Wed 11.40 – 13.55 (Room 1.24) email: [email protected]
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 Philip Maher
Thur 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 1.28)
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 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 1.22) N.B Note early start email : [email protected]
Do you wish to be intrigued, confused, enlightened, entertained – or 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 1.24) Fortnightly on Sept 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5. Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 12, 26. Apr 30; May 14, 28; June 11, 25; July 9.
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: CHAMBER MUSIC APPRECIATION New Stephen McGhee
Wed 12.50 – 13,55 (Room 1.33)
Fortnightly on Sept 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4. Jan 15, 29; Feb 12, 26, Mar 11, 25. Apr 29. May 13, 27, June 10, 24; July 8.
Extend your love of classical music by exploring this most intimate of ensemble performance. No technical knowledge is required; from Bach to Tchaikovsky and beyond, just come along and enjoy this introduction to chamber music.

MUSIC: CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION Herbie Goldberg
Wed 12.50 – 13,55 (Room 1.33)
Fortnightly on Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11. Jan 22; Feb 5,19; Mar 4, 18; Apr 1; May 6, 20; June 3, 17; July 1, 15.
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. email: [email protected]

MUSIC: COMPOSERS OF ORCHESTRAL MUSIC UNJUSTLY FORGOTTEN Howard Shelter
Mon 14.00—15.05 (Room 1.33)
New Over a period of a few hundred years, only a small number of Western classical composers have made it to the musical “mainstream”. Hundreds of accomplished composers, whose works rival those of Bach, Chopin, Ravel or Dvorak or took a new direction in music, have fallen through the cracks of time, known only within their home countries or considered mere footnotes in musical history.

MUSIC: EXPANSIVE HISTORY OF EUROPEAN OPERA IN 32 TALKS Howard Shelter
MON 15.15 – 16.25 (Room 1.33) Mondays and repeated on Tuesdays
Fortnightly on Sept 23; (note missing session) Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 9; Jan 20; Feb 3, 17; Mar 2, 16, 30; May 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13; TUE 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 2.21) Fortnightly on Sep 24; Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3 ; Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 10, 24; Apr 28; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23; Jul 7; Over four centuries in twelve countries (see under History) TALKS 1-17: 1 Birth of Opera; 2, 3 Baroque Opera: Vivaldi, Handel & Others; 4 Reformation of Opera; Gluck & Others; 5, 6 Mozart; 7, 8 Late 18th Century; Russia, Spanish Zarzuela, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Foreign national composers in Russia; 9,10, 11, 12 Age of Romanticism; Grand Opera, Italian Bel Canto, Germany; 13 Early 19th Century; Russia, Poland & England; 14 Verdi Parental Connections; 15 Wagner’s Glorious Tunes; 16, 17 Wagner, his life story and introduction to the Ring Cycle.

MUSIC: INTRODUCTION TO OPERA Robert Hugill
Tue 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 1.22) Summer Term only, email: [email protected]
Fortnightly on May 5, 19; June 2, 116, 30; July 14. The invention of opera, a look at how opera developed out of society in different ways in different countries, concentrating on the emergence of opera in the 16th and 17th centuries in Italy, France and England, we will talk about key works and also look at other key moments in the development of opera in the 18th and 19th centuries.

MUSIC: JAZZ New Ron Tucker
Wed 10.30 – 11.35 Room 2.26 Fortnightly on Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11. Jan 22; Feb 5,19; Mar 4, 18; Apr 1; May 6, 20; June 3, 17; July 1, 15.
Drop-in Jazz. Bring your own favourite CDs for all to appreciate and listen to pieces enjoyed by other participants

MUSIC: RECORDER GROUP Valerie Reuben
Tue 10.00 – 11.25 (Room 1.22) email: [email protected]
We are a self-supporting group with a variety of skills and 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 1.22) Note the time email: [email protected]
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: HISTORIC SINGERS on SHELLAC Paul Lewis
Friday 11.00 – 12.05 fortnightly – (Room 1.33), starting on 18 October.
Those who attended Paul Lewis’s fascinating talks in the Summer break will be delighted to know that he has agreed to become a regular co-ordinator.

MUSIC: SINGING FOR PLEASURE Sheila Rockett
Fri 11.20 – 12.25 (Room 2.21) email: [email protected]
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 Shirley Shelton
Thur 15.30 – 17.30 (Room 2.21) Note the time e-mail:[email protected]
Monthly on Sept 26, Oct 24; Nov 21; Jan 30; Feb 27; Mar 26. Apr 30; May 28; June 25. Our small self-run group of enthusiasts has joined U3A, meeting every four weeks for a two-hour session. Madrigal-singing is a particularly sociable pastime, though our aim is to add artistic endeavour to enjoyment. We are also exploring the wider world of madrigals – think love, sex, despair, humour, melancholy, dance, flattery, celebration, in words and music that have echoed down four centuries. We would welcome new members, all voices, so if your pleasure is singing madrigals and music of the period, or if you are moderately confident at sight-singing and would like to try, here’s your chance.

MUSIC: STRING CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP Peter Hayden
Thur 18.30 – 21.00 (Various Rooms) Note the time!
We are a group of amateur string players who joined forces with U3A in London some years ago. The group has its origins in a group that first met half a century ago. We meet to play mainly quartets but also trios and quintets and sometimes other combinations by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and occasionally Dvořák, Brahms or even Shostakovich. We are an inclusive group and try to accommodate as many people as we can. A lot of sight reading is necessary and so you should be comfortable with that If you wish to join in, please email [email protected]

MUSIC: THE ART OF THE SONG Stan &Valerie Clingman
Tue 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 29) Autumn and Summer Terms only N.B. Note late start
Fortnightly on Nov 5, 19; Dec 3. Then Apr 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 23; July 7.
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. email:[email protected]

MUSIC: TRAIN YOUR EARS Michael Cheshire
Thur 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 1.26) Summer Term only
Come along and have some fun learning more about music skills. If you enjoy singing, playing or listening to music, come and take the next step. email:[email protected]

MUSIC: UKULELE FOR YOU John Satchwell & Derek Staton
Tue 15.10 – 16.30 (Room 1.24) email: [email protected] 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: ZARZUELA from Spain – NOT OPERA Howard Shelter
Mon 15.15 – 16.25 (Room 1.33) Note late start
Fortnightly on Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2; Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar 9, 23; Apr 27; May 11; Jun 8. 22; Jul 6 If you don’t like opera (or even if you do).
Musical theatre: melodious songs, Spanish dance rhythms and unique Spanish features. 17 TALKS 1- 6 Introducing 24 Zarzuelas: 7 – 17 Each talk devoted entirely to one of 11 different zarzuelas.