Recorded Music Society

Keith presented a cascade of variety at our last meeting featuring Strauss, Verdi and Offenbach – Rachmaniov’s “Adagio” from Symphony No.2 followed by

Shostakovich’s “Ravel” and Borodin. The second half started with Elgar’s “Nimrod”, Mascagni, Dvorak and Beethoven followed. The evening came to an end with Andrea Bocelli singing “Time to say Good-bye”. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thanks Keith.  December 6th Lee will be presently accompanied by mincepies!!!

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Recorded Music Society October Meeting

Douglas opened our new season with a programme of immense variety ranging from Mozart’s “Piano Concerto” to Peter, Paul & Mary. Verdi and Purcell restored the classical element with “Fiddler on the Roof” and “If I were a Rich Man” popping up in between. A Beethoven Sonata & Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Violins” brought the first half to an end.  A great DVD featuring one of the world’s finest violinists Maxim Vengeroy with Daniel Barenboim accompanying provided an excellent finale.                 Thank you Douglas.

Bob presented the ARMS Treasurer, Eleanor, with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for all her work as Treasurer of the group and everyone wished her well in her new home. We also welcomed two visitors to the evening.

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Recorded Music Society: June Meeting

Our Spring/Summer session ended with joint contributions from Doris, John, Lee and Douglas and ranged delightfully from “The Love Duet from La Traviata” to “Waltz No. 7” by Chopin, followed by “Al Jolson, Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand with selections from their repertoires.  The second half featured DVD’s presented by Douglas and included music by “Blue Sugar”. This heralded a piano session of Schubert melodies and “Slavonic Dances” by Dvorak.

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Recorded Music Society: May 2017 Meeting

Our May meeting was a departure from the norm. We took the opportunity to involve as many individual members’ choices as possible, the order of presentation being chosen by raffle ticket.  The result was an eclectic mix of music.  Tracks included Bruch’s ‘Violin Concerto no. 2’, ‘Espana’ by Chabrier, ‘Chopin Waltz no 7’, and Massanet’s ‘Meditatation’.  In  addition we listened to The King Singers, ‘Midnight’ from  Cats, ‘Papa can you hear me’ from Yentl,  Timi Yuro singing ‘Hurt’, The Old Dogs singing ‘Time’ and Slim Dusty’s ‘Tonight the Woolshed Swings’.  The evening was rounded off with Shostakovich, including ‘Beautiful Gorki’.

All in all a musical evening enjoyed by all and with something for everyone .  Thanks to Ian for being M.C. and to Doris for playing the tracks.  Nice to see Bob back again.

Next month’s meeting on 7th June will be the last of the current season.  Once again, if you have a favourite track please bring it along.          Contact: Bob Mann 810264

Recorded Music Society: April Meeting

Douglas gave our April meeting a rousing start by playing the 2nd Movement from Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, having first described the tribulations of the composer in the USSR at the time of its writing. Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra No 2 then followed before we heard Katherine Jenkins perform Puccini’s “One Fine Day” from his opera “Madame Butterfly”. Beethoven’s lively Rondo A Capriccio for piano was played by Alfred Brendel before we “went to Scandinavia” to hear the 3rd Movement from Sibelius’ Violin Concerto,  Halvorsen’s Norwegian Dances and the 2nd Movement from Grieg’s Piano Concerto.  The first half of the evening then concluded in a more modern relaxed style with Vera Lynn singing “White Cliffs of Dover” and Glen Miller getting us “In the Mood” for our interval refreshments. In the second half we watched the Amati Chamber Orchestra play Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Serenata Notturna. Thank you Douglas for an entertaining evening. We look forward to May’s meeting when we can each bring a CD with a selected track and “raffle” which ones to play.

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Recorded Music Society: March Meeting

The March programme was delivered with considerable aplomb by Gill and John Phillips. The first half  belonged to Gill, she opened with a track from “Les Miserables”, Delibes followed with “Csardas” from Coppelia and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”. Two dances “Cossack” & “The Can Can” completed the balletic routine. Two more pieces including a flute solo by James Galway and Peter Skellern and The Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band concluded an enjoyable first half.

John took over the second half by reflecting the habit of the interval and played the “Drinking Song” from La Traviata.  A sad song by Alison Kraus “Please read the letter” preceded “Espana” by Chabria, Billy Ekstein singing “Apologise”,  Coppelia “Prelude & Mazurka” and Albeniz’s “Grenada”. John finished the evening with a very apt rendition of “Wont you come Home Bill Bailey” after which the audience went home! Many thanks to Gill & John for a most entertaining evening.

Recorded Music Society: January Meeting

ARMS (Aynho Recorded Music Society).          

Our first meeting of 2017 was hosted by Lee Simmonds and what an entertaining evening of nostalgic music he gave us!  The programme was an eclectic mix of old favourites plus some lesser-known works.  All were carefully researched and interspersed with amusing background and anecdotes from Lee’s long association with the music industry.

The programme kicked off with Calling All Workers and the Warsaw Concerto.  It then branched out into works by Wagner (Bridal Chorus), Bizet (Torreaor Song) and Beethoven (Hallelujah Chorus)..  Artists such as James Galway (Annie’s Song) appeared alongside George Jones (He Stopped Loving Her Today), Dean Martin (Return to Me), Nat King Cole (I Remember You) and Matt Munro (Walk Away).  A really comprehensive selection!  There was something for everyone in the programme and this enjoyable evening was also supported by a number of new faces from Croughton and we hope they will come again.          Thank you Lee.

At our next music night Keith Morgan will be the presenter.

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Recorded Music Society: December Meeting

Douglas opened December programme with Winchester Cathedral Choir singing Stainer’s “Come Thou long expected Jesus”, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” was sung by Petits Chanteurs de Quebec, Baccherini’s popular “Minuet! and the newly established Military Wives Choir heralded Mozart’s “Piano Concerto 24” followed by The Hairy Old Chaps singing “All for me”  Elizabeth Schumann sang “Barcarolle” whilst “Love is a Rebellion Bird” from Carmen was performed by Victoria de Los Angelis. The beautiful carol “Once in Royal David’s city” by the Worcester Cathedral Choir and a selection of  carols by The New College Choir rounded off the first half.

The second half featured a DVD of the Lodz Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart’s “Concerto for Flute, Harp & Orcherstra”: A wonderful ending to a splendid programme.                                 Many thanks Douglas

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Recorded Music Society: November Meeting

The November contribution was presented by Ian. It was a dazzling mixture and a very full programme which started with the “Baroque” period, including Monteverdi, Purcell, Tallis and Gluck. We then moved swiftly into the “Classical Era” Schubert, Mendelssohn and Rossini. “The Romantic” period was represented by Tchaikovsky, Frank and Rubenstein. The solemnity was then shattered by George Formby singing “Aunty Maggie’s Remedy” which was taken advantage of at the interval. We then heard very strong vocals from Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel and Aled Jones.

The second half started with Gilbert & Sullivan followed by Pavane, Puccini, Manuel de Falla and Villa Lobos. Victoria de los Angeles sang Puccini’s “Sensa Mamma from the Opera “Suor Angelica” and in contrast the evening ended with Doris Day singing “Que Sera Sera”.

Thank you gentlemen for maintaining the very high standards that have persisted since the first programme presented by Doris and Bernard. Thanks also to the committee for guidance over the past 15 years.            Contact: Bob Mann 810264                                                                       

Recorded Music Society: October Meeting

Due to the correspondent being on holiday the autumn newsletter was missed sincere apologies to Robert. His contribution started the 15th year of the birth of The Aynho Recorded Music Society with a refreshing programme beginning with Grieg’s “Piano Concerto” 1st Movement. This was followed in stark contrast by Scott Joplin “The Entertainer” and Henry Litolff’s dazzling “Scherzo”. The evening continued with items from “High Society” and after the convivial break by Bruch’s “Violin Concerto”. There followed Val Doonican’s “Walk Tall” “King of the Road” and “What would I be”.  Grieg’s  3rd Movement of  “Piano Concerto” brought a most interesting programme to a close.    Many thanks Robert.

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