LOTS OF MUSIC HOME AND AWAY
The year so far has seen our well-
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-
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-
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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.