Meeting March 6th 2018

Dear All

Cross your fingers and rub your lucky rabbit’s foot and hope that the weather will be much better by Tuesday (March 6th) to enable Paul Taylor to get from his home in Bingley to the Chapel for the meeting without risking life and limb and hours stuck on the motorway. M62 still not cleared near Rochdale. And I hope you will be able to get into M/c. We are so lucky compared with many parts of the country.

A reminder that the meeting will not be the one on the programme card, Martin Yates; we hope he will come next season instead and give us his study of the music of Patience and Utopia.

Paul offered instead to give his study of Princess Ida (my favourite opera – I so love the music and the humour) which he gave in February 2008. It was his first talk to us and I remember enjoying it very much, but he says he has found several ways of improving it, adding more music and other information. I have been looking forward to it very much and so hope the weather will not interfere. They say the cold will continue into next week but I haven’t heard that any more snow is expected in the NW. So keep looking at your emails or ring me on the day.

And remember that the 3rd April meeting will be a concert by Edward Thornton, a baritone who sang in the chorus of Opera North for many years and his soprano daughter Rowena, also a professional singer, accompanied by William Green. They sang a few songs for us at the October meeting to give variety as the meeting was mainly talking by two former D’Oyly Carte orchestra members Paul Kampen and Howard Rogerson. Did you enjoy reading much of Howard’s talk again in the latest G&S News magazine?

Best wishes from