Newark & District U3A

The self-help organisation for older people, no longer in full time work where learning is just for pleasure

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Newark & District U3A

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No 1147496




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Group Leader

Terry Bowler

Tony Marriott

Day and time

Every second Monday of the month 2:00pm


Hawtonville Methodist Church Hall


£1 per session

(Inc. Tea/Coffee)


The year so far has seen our well-supported group enjoy a wide selection of music and musical experiences. Jacq Cartwright gave us a fascinating presentation on music for dance and she came up with some real surprises.  This was followed by a selection of our members' choice of favourite CDs.  It was wonderful to have Terry back after his recent medical problems and spell in hospital.  He introduced us to a selection of Russian music, none of it written by Tchaikovsky.  As is usual with Terry, his research is very thorough and he comes up with lots of interesting information and inspiring music.  The last session before our August break was in more serious vein, on the subject of the Oratorio.  Mike Wilson, who is well known in the Newark area as Chairman of Newark Choral Society, gave a very moving and uplifting presentation of some of his favourite works, including Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah and Mendelssohn's Elijah.

This very varied series of presentations was interspersed with two visits to Birmingham, the first in March to Symphony Hall to hear the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra play, as the main work, Rachmaninov's Second Symphony and, as a special treat, the famous British pianist, Peter Donohoe playing Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Tune (Twinkle, twinkle little star to be precise).  It was a wondeful experience and much enjoyed by the 34 members who went on the trip.  In June we were back in Birmingham, this time at the Hippodrome to see the Royal Ballet production of "La Fille mal Gardée," a delightful French ballet with a simple romantic story, almost pantomime characters and a score full of wonderful tunes and toe-tapping rhythms.  Another joyful outing.

The group resumes on the 8th September at Hawtonville Methodist Church Hall with a presentation by Dendle French about the violin, which is usually regarded as the prima donna of the string family and for which a whole library of music has been written.

We are also organising not one, not two, but three concert visits next season.  The first is to Nottingham's Royal Centre on the 14th October at 7.30 to hear the Hallé, under Sir Mark Elder play the Overture to the Flying Dutchman by Wagner and the Fifth Symphony by Sibelius.  The highlight of this concert is undoubtedly the appearance of British super pianist to play Brahms's First Piano Concerto.

On the 13th June 2015 we shall again visit Nottingham, this time to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Nichola Benedetti who will play Brahms Violin Concerto. That concert will be a sell-out, as are all Nichola's appearances - and she looks as good as she plays.  Both these concerts will cost £ 22 . 50, which includes a coach from London Road at

6 . 00 p.m.

We shall also return to Birmingham Symphony Hall on the 16th April 2015 to hear the C. B. S. O. play music by Mendelssohn, including his Piano Concerto and the Incidental Music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream."  This incudes the famous wedding march if any of you remember.  This concert is an afternoon event at 2 . 15.  The coach will leave Victoria Street at

9 . 30 a.m. and the total cost will be £ 32 .00.    All concert trips are open to all members of the U. 3. A. and if you are interested in one, two or all the trips please get in touch with Geoffrey on 659239.

Look forward to seeing more members at our first meeting in September

G. R. F.

Music Appreciation