About the group:
The Music for Pleasure group has as its principle the enjoyment of familiar music or music that members may not know.
Meetings will be held at Anne Beaty's house in Buckingham.
At each meeting, a member can volunteer to present a programme of music that they enjoy – classical, jazz, light music, or any other genre, with comment from the presenter and discussion of the music chosen. There is no obligation to do this, you can just listen and enjoy.
Recent topics have introduced members to the delights of the double bass, the music of Andre Previn- from Jazz, film, opera and concertos as well as his conducting and playing career, the film Amadeus – the “life” of Mozart which prompted a look at some of the other composers of Mozart’s era, including Salieri, there is a lot more to investigate here, British Composers born in the 20th century, and Sinfonietta- by Britten, Janacek, Moeran and Prokoviev.
The many faces of Shostakovich, looked at how his music changed during his lifetime. Creepy music in “celebration” of Halloween, we listened to Mussorgsky; Night on the Bald mountain, Litvinovsky’s suite for strings; The Grand Cahier and Tales of the magic tree, Verdi's Requiem - The Dies Irae, Excerpts from Britten's Turn of the Screw, Carmina Burana O Fortuna, Bartok's Adagio from music for strings, percussion & Celesta, Liszt's Totenanz, Shoenberg's Erwartung.
December & January meetings looked at Film Music, from Vaughan Williams music for Scott of the Atlantic to Beethoven's 9th as used for A Clockwork Orange, In February w e listened to Vocal music by small groups, from the Swingles to the Kings Singers & Tenebrae.
March will be The Pupils of Nadia Boulanger. Future presentations will be Baroque Music, Alison Balsam and Fado
To join the group, please contact the co-ordinator by phone or email.
Here are links to some local concert venues:
Buckingham Summer Festival
Buckingham Choral Society
and if your tastes are less classical and more Jazz then See links to local live Jazz