The group meets in Pinner on alternate Thursday afternoons at 2.00 pm to listen to chamber music. The music comes from CDs or from YouTube via television. The playing time usually finishes between 3.00 and 3.30 pm after which members are invited to have tea. Music is chosen by the Leader but suggestions are encouraged. Programmes have included quartets, quintets and sonatas from composers from Bach to the present day.
Leader: Gerald Grickayzen
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 (Group 2)
This group meets in Stanmore on alternate Wednesday mornings from 10 to 12 o'clock. A variety of mediums (CDs, tapes, DVDs and IPods) is used to illustrate the subject being covered, eg biography of a composer with appropriate music, and members are encouraged to present their own programmes to give variety to the presentations.
Group Leader - Joan Sheeter.
Comparisons in Music
This group meets once a fortnight on a Thursday morning at HAC. We listen to two or 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 https://comparisonsinmusicharrowu3a.wordpress.com/ 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 meets fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon to watch and listen to Opera on DVD with a discussion afterwards. Normally, two sessions are required to cover a complete opera. Meetings are held in a very comfortable room at a Residential Care Home in Hatch End and some residents attend our meetings.
Group leader - Philip Osmond.