March Ten Pin Bowling

There were only 5 of us for the Ten Pin Bowling at Ryde Superbowl this week but it didn’t affect the fun and competitive spirit. Mary won the first game with 125 points and Wendy won the second game also with 125 points.

Sometimes (like this week) the bowling gets in the way of the chatting.

Report by Linda Sheasby

February Music Group


At the February meeting of the Music Group, Hilary chose “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel and then Pachelbel’s Canon. Dorothy’s choice was two waltzes by Chopin, the waltz in E flat major “Grande Valse Brilliante” and the Waltz in A flat major, both played by the pianist Avner Arad. Sylvia chose Brahms Intermezzo in E flat major and the Intermezzo in A flat minor played by Dieter Goldman piano. This was followed by Ann’s choice of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.5 “The Reformation” played by the Gewandhausorchester, Leipzig with Kurt Masur conductor, and Margaret’s choice of the Waltz and Polonaise from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky ended the first half before refreshments.


The music then continued with Hilary’s choice of the Habanera from Carmen sung by Leontyne Price, and Dorothy’s choice the prelude to the Gadfly by Shostakovich played by Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber on cellos. Sylvia then chose piano music by Franz Liszt, “Rustling in the Forest” and “Dance of the Gnomes”. Ann’s final choice was Schubert’s String Quartet, and the evening concluded with Margaret’s choice of a duet from “La Rondine” by Puccini sung by Kiri Te Kanawa and Placido Domingo.

Report by

Margaret Paice


January Music Group Meeting

On a very cold evening it was good to be indoors in the warm in the company of seven members listening to some wonderful music at January’s meeting of the Music Group.

Music chosen included items from Handel’s “Messiah”, with the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, “To where you are” sung by Rhydian, the Habanera from Bizet’s “Carmen”, and Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sir John Barbirolli.  The next item was Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Bockmann String Quintet and clarinettist David Campbell followed by the 2nd and 3rd movements from Sibelius Violin Concerto, Dong Suk Kang violinist with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

After refreshments we heard “I believe” sung by Rhydian,“La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto and the finale of “Cavelleria Rusticana” by Mascagni, both sung by Walter Midgley. After which we heard the 1st movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Jacqueline Du Pré cellist, Rachmaninov “Vocalise” played by the USSR Symphony Orchestra, and finally “Angels Guard Thee” by Goddard, sung by Kenneth McKellar.

Report by Margaret Paice


Photography Group January Meeting

Gary Early, professional photographer and judge of the photos in May for the Crafts competition met us to explain and demonstrate how to obtain appropriate images for each of the subjects.

Generally, he said that he preferred a white photo frame with at least an inch border to obtain the best effect. Searching online can produce some good mounts.

He suggested that one should pre-visualise each subject before attempting to photograph and it is good practise to stick to a single subject, taking numerous prints to allow more choice of the eventual print to be submitted. For each subject, Gary demonstrated differing photos.

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November Music Group

Items chosen at the November meeting of the Music Group were Beethoven’s Pizzecato Polka, Emporer Waltz and Thunder & Lightning Polka, played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cantos de Espana No.4, Cordoba, by Albeniz and Dolly Suite by Fauré, both played by Julian Bream and John Williams.

Rhosymedre, No.2 of Three Preludes by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, organist William McVicker.

Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, played by the Welsh Symphony Orchestra.

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 20 and the Moonlight Sonata, pianist Melvin Tan.

Gloria de la Messe Breve No. 7, sung by Les Petits Chanteurs de Bordeaux.

Saint Saens’s Ave Maria, played on two Cellos by Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber.

Fountains of Rome by Respighi, played by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Some of the group enjoyed a concert given by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra on 18th November while a visit by others was to Swan Lake by the Russian State Ballet Company which coincide

Report by Margaret Paice

October Book Club

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Most of us enjoyed the social history of the book, which was depicted in Agnes’ life as a governess. This was a lonely existence as a governess was neither a servant nor a member of the family.
Much of this knowledge was from Anne’s personal experience.

Some of the archaic phrases were interesting. Fortunately there were some definitions at the end of the book.

Our average score was 7/10.

Report by Pauline Kirby

October Music Group

 The October meeting of the Music Group was again few in numbers due to health problems, but the evening was filled with glorious music, interspersed with refreshments and chat and laughter.
Rosalind’s choices of music were the “Adagio” from Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, with Harold Wright clarinet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship” from Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, played by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Vladimir Valek.
Ann chose “The Three Elizabeths Suite” by Eric Coates, and Kiri Te Kanawa singing “On Wings of Song” by Mendelssohn and “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck.
Dorothy chose “A Cantata for St.Luke” and “Gloria – I’ll make music” from Karl Jenkins Motets, sung by The Camarata Chamber Choir, and “Dance Preludes” by Lutoslawski, with Richard Saxel, pianist, and Angus Meryon on clarinet.
Margaret’s choices were “Mazurka” in B flat major and “Waltz in A major” by Chopin, pianist Allan Schiller, and Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of “Die Meistersinger“, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Klaus Tennstedt.
Written by Margaret.

September Lunch Club

Lunch Club this month was a week earlier than usual. Many of our regulars were on holiday, so just ten of us went to The Three Bishops at Brighstone. We all enjoyed some tasty meals. They did not do small servings, but were prepared to split one main meal between two people.
It’s alright, you each had a plate of your own! It was a happy and enjoyable occasion and we will definitely go there again.
All members are welcome.
Rosalind Eavis

Music Group September 2017

Five of us attended the September meeting of the Music Group, sadly Christine and Pat could not be with us.  Despite being few in number we had a good range of music to enjoy interspersed with refreshment, chat and laughter.

Rosalind chose Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, Andrias Schiff pianist with the Camerata Academica Salzburg.
Ann chose Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Nicola Benedetti violinist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dorothy’s choices were Scherzo No.l. by Clara Schumann, Marina Kan Selvik, pianist, and the lst movement of Grieg’s Symphony in C minor played by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sylvia chose “Where corals lie” and “The Swimmer” from Elgar’s Sea Pictures, sung by Janet Baker.
Margaret’s choice was Joaquin Turina’s Three Fantastic Dances, played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Enrique Batiz.

Report by Margaret.

Music Club

A few of the music group attended a concert at the Minster in Newport to hear the pianist Varvara Maggs in Concert.
Born in St. Petersburg she was a legendary child pianist and studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire.   She now spends her time giving concerts in Great Britain and St. Petersburgh, Russia.  The recital included works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky.   What a fantastic pianist and what a wonderful, enjoyable time we had.

Report by Dorothy Maskell