The Choir meets at Harrow Arts Centre on Tuesday mornings and will always welcome new members especially men and altos. It isn't necessary to be able to read music as everything is explained very simply. We are a friendly group and always look forward to meeting new people.
Leader: Joyce Davis
Classical Music Appreciation
The group has recently undergone some organisational changes and will now meet every four weeks at Harrow Arts Centre, presently in the Grimsdyke Room. The classes take place on a Wednesday morning, between 10.00am and Midday. We feature and discuss a range of works, generally spanning the Renaissance period up to the late-Romantic era, sometimes beyond, and also consider the background of both the music itself and the composers. Group members are encouraged to present their own programmes to give variety to the sessions. We have a few vacancies.
Group Leader - Tony Clayden
Comparisons in Music
This group compares music every 2 weeks. The comparison sessions alternate every fortnight between web based comparisons and Thursday morning meetings at the Harrow Arts Centre. We listen to two or occasionally three different performances of the same work and discuss them. Members are encouraged to join in the discussion or just sit and listen. For more information about this class, check out their website. We have a few vacancies at the moment.
Group leader: Tony Kaye
Contrasts in Classical Piano Music
The group meets on alternate Tuesdays at HAC. We aim to explore the classical piano repertoire through recordings, concentrating on works composed between the mid-18th and mid-20th centuries. The repertoire is enormous but at public concerts there is a tendency for the same works to crop up again and again. We do not avoid famous works but hope also to discover some unfamiliar works which are well worth a second hearing. Every meeting, the chosen music relates in some way to a different theme (Shakespeare, Water, Spain are recent examples of themes) and the aim is to listen to a range of contrasting music from different composers.
Group Leader: Jim Niblett
This group meets every 2 weeks on a Wednesday morning to play, discuss and appreciate all types of jazz. The class began in 1988 and we try to appeal to a wide spectrum of Jazz tastes, though so-called ‘Modern Jazz’ is excluded.
Recorded Jazz of all types from, say, 1930 onward, is covered, which includes recordings by soloists, small groups, big bands, singers etc and I provide explanatory comments with occasional anecdotes. Members are encouraged to comment on the items played. By and large our members, who are a very friendly group, prefer ‘Mainstream Jazz’.
Deep knowledge of Jazz is not necessary – only a liking for the music.
Group Leader – Gerry Livingstone
Magic of Musicals
Come along for an entertaining couple of hours to watch and listen to music through the years. We watch songs excerpts from films and stage shows too. We meet every 2 weeks on a Friday afternoon.
Group Leader - Mike Morrow
Jazz and The Great American Songbook
Jazz - the term needs little explanation. And without going to extremes we will look at Ragtime, Boogie Woogie, Glen Miller type music and melodic West Coast Jazz. Something for everyone. The Song Book dates from roughly 1900-1950. The songs - many of which have become part of our culture will resonate with many U3A members and no doubt revive old memories. So in a nutshell that is what we hope to cover.
We are a small group of dedicated aficionados who meet fortnightly on Mondays at 2pm at HAC.
Group Leader - Terry Helman
Opera (Hatch End)
This group is being re-establised and will meet at the Harrow Arts Centre. Normally two sessions are required to cover a complete opera.
Group leader - Geoff Bard