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The Music Appreciation Group

Leader is David Oakley phone 01530 563409

Wednesday 6th December.

There were seven of us assembled at Ann's house for our final 2017 get-together and where there is usually an absence of biscuits, the festive season encouraged several members to treat the group to Mince Pies and Stollen, while Ann provided the coffee.

With a distinctive Christmas flavour to the music selection Sally launched us off with two tracks from a recording of her grandson's Kent College Choir singing 'People look East' and 'As Joseph was a-walking'. A later choice was Michael Ball and Alfie Boe singing 'I'll be home for Christmas'.

Mike, in keeping with the Christmas flavour, chose Nat King Cole and 'The Christmas Song' which Nev reminded us had been written by Mel Torme. He also had 'Santa Baby' sung by Kylie Minogue as he couldn't find his Eartha Kitt version. A later choice was Bing Crosby and David Bowie's duet of 'Little Drummer Boy'.

Paul chose 'Bridge over troubled waters', a track this time by Glenn Campbell one of his favourite singers, with a second choice of 'Jerusalem' by Hubert Parry, with of course William Blake's words.

Nev had researched his CD collection and had brought along Kate Rusby singing 'While Shepherds watched their flocks by night', but to a different tune to the one we usually think of. This was followed by two American-composed carols, 'Away in a manger' and 'Poor little Jesus' both sung by Maddy Prior who later sang 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'. His last choice of 'Have yourselves a very merry Christmas' was by a singer none of us initially recognised but it was Bob Dylan! Let's just say it was an acquired taste.

Ann delved into her collection of the King Singers and chose 'Joy to the world' and then the choir of King's College Cambridge singing 'The Holly and the Ivy'.

David had once again chosen two obscure show songs, but both at least with a Christmas theme. These were 'Twelve days to Christmas' from 'She Loves Me' and 'Be a Santa' from 'Subways are for sleeping'.

Dorothy wanted to choose the 'Hallelujah Chorus' from the Messiah, and we managed to just about play that, well some of it until technical gremlins intervened.

That was our year end meeting and once again we had a wide and interesting selection of music. We hope those who haven't been able to come to recent meetings will join us in 2018. There is no January meeting but we will assemble again at 10 am on Wednesday 7th February, which will be kindly hosted by Paul Bennett at 9 Ashtree Road.

A very Merry Christmas to one and all.