Ashfield U3A Classical Music Group 2
CO-ORDINATOR(S): Ron Walker
TELEPHONE NUMBER(S): 01623-456389
EMAIL ADDRESS(ES): firstname.lastname@example.org
VENUE: The Ashwood Centre activity room
MEETING DATE & TIME: First Monday of the month (second Monday if a Bank Holiday) from 14:00 to 16:00
COST OF VENUE, MATERIALS ETC.: £5 per person every 4-5 months
NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 20
GROUP FULL: NO
WAITING LIST: NO
PAGE CODE: Non-Updateable
GROUP STATUS: RUNNING
Classical Music Group 2 holds its sessions in the large meeting room.
The plan for Classical Music 2 for the next few months is that each of the monthly sessions will have no specific theme but rather cover a variety of favourites, discoveries and "lollipops". The range is wide, from baroque to modern, serious to sometimes downright frivolous, encompassing orchestral, concerto, instrumental, chamber, solo vocal, and choral music.
A member of the Halle Orchestra, viola player Piero Gasparini, gave a superb presentation to the meeting on April 8th, 2013, when other U3A members joined to make an audience of about forty people. Mr Gasparini described his early training, entry into the orchestral world, and his life as a member of Britainís oldest orchestra. He explained the construction and features of the viola with plenty of demonstrations.
What made his presentation outstanding was his down-to-earth approach and sense of humour. He told jokes made against viola players by other musicians, explained the things that can go wrong during performances, and revealed the occasional prank indulged in by the players. One that appealed particularly to his U3A audience was about a modern young composer rehearsing his latest work and required the viola players to make what Piero described as 'squeaky gate music'. He decided to do something better and played the Muppetsí theme tune. To his surprise, the composer said that was exactly what he had wanted!
On a totally serious note, Mr Gaspariniís presentation concluded with a performance of the Allemande, transcribed from Bachís Cello Suite No 3. The afternoon was undoubtedly the star event for the 'Classical Music 2' group since it started in January last year.