BACUP CAMERA CLUB OVER the next several weeks Bacup Camera Club has a really exciting and diverse syllabus with lots of interesting and informative subjects being discussed and shown.
So if you want to learn more about photography then please come along, refreshments are available.
We meet every Wednesday from 7.30pm at St Marys Parish hall, Dale St, Bacup OL13 8AP.
Please visit our website www.bacupcameraclub. org.uk for contact details. BACUP NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY FOLLOWING our highly successful and innovative Halloween party, we now look forward to our next, and final, monthly Thursday evening presentation of the year in the form of ‘An Audience with Dame Dolly Dishcloth‘.
AKA Mr Martin Wrench, Dame Dolly will entertain us with reminiscences as a pantomime dame in local theatrics, drawing from a wide experience in this role over many years.
It promises to be an ideal curtain raiser for the approaching festive pantomime season.
The date is Thursday, November 16 at 7.30pm at our premises on Yorkshire Street.
All are welcome and entrance is free. CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH LADIES FELLOWSHIP BACUP INSTEAD of a speaker at their Tuesday meeting, the ladies of Central Methodist Church had a day out.
They went to Garstang to Dewlays Cheesmakers and finished their day at Barton Grange Garden Centre.
Dewlays was founded in 1957 by George Kenyon and now has earned a reputation for producing the very best range of Lancashire cheese. The company is now managed by two brothers, Nick and Richard Kenyon who use locally sourced milk and traditional methods their grandfather used in the 1950s.
The great selection of Lancashire cheeses include award winning creamy, crumbly and tasty and also Garstang Blue. On arrival at Dewlays the ladies were met by staff serving refreshments before hearing all about the manufacture of the cheese. They then went into the viewing gallery to watch the various processes.
After that they were allowed to taste all the different kinds of Lancashire cheese, before visiting the deli to buy some of their favourites as well as accompaniments to take home.
A few minutes away was Barton Grange Garden Centre, and the ladies spent a couple of hours there, getting refreshments, and looking round the plants, bakery items and gifts surrounded by Christmas decorations and colourful displays.
The ladies are now busy getting ready for their Christmas fair on November 18.
This event is always popular and has many stalls, tombola, raffle and a reasonably priced three course Christmas lunch, something to look forward to and enjoy. RAMSBOTTOM RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETY RAMSBOTTOM Recorded Music Society welcomed vice chairman Ken Adshead as presenter at the meeting held on November 2 with a programme entitled ‘Czech Connections’.
Ken began by explaining that before the First World War Czechoslovakia was known as Bohemia, under Austrian rule as part of the Hapsburg Empire and with German as the main language.
Artists, writers and musicians of the period were constantly striving for independence and the reinstatement of the Czech language.
Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) pioneered the development of a nationalistic musical style and is generally regarded as the ‘father of Czech music’.
He is mainly remembered for his folk opera ‘The Bartered Bride’ and his cycle of symphonic poems ‘Ma Vlast’ or ‘My Homeland’.
From the latter work we heard ‘ Vltava’ (The Moldau), which depicts the great river from its source till it flows past the city of Prague on its way to join the River Elbe.
The performance was a legendary one conducted by the veteran Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik, recorded at the Prague Spring Festival in 1990, the year following the liberation of Czechoslovakia from Communist rule.
Antonin Dvorak at one time played viola in the orchestra of the Prague Provisional Theatre under Smetana, who also encouraged the young man’s career as a composer. Another friend and benefactor was Johannes Brahms, who recommended Dvorak to his own publisher.
The result was a commission for a set of Slavonic Dances for piano duet (later orchestrated), which proved highly successful.
From the original version Ken chose the Slavonic Dance No. 4 in F Major, played by SilkeThora Matthies and Christian Kohn.
This was followed by a wonderful performance of Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor for violin and orchestra, the soloist being Josef Suk, greatgrandson of the composer. The violinist’s grandfather, also named Josef Suk, was Dvorak’s son-in-law, being married to Dvorak’s daughter Ottilka.
His early works were influenced by his studies with Dvorak, but after the latter’s death in 1904 and that of his own wife the following year, Suk’s music became more inward looking, reflective and tragic in expression.
Ken selected two orchestral works from Suk’s earlier period, the carefree and optimistic ‘Fantastic Scherzo’ and the Intermezzo ‘Playing at Swans and Peacocks’ from the orchestral suite ‘Fairy Tale’.
Another pupil of Dvorak and lifelong friend of Josef Suk was Vitezslav Novak, who also liked walking and mountaineering in southern Bohemia and the Tatra Mountains, where he came into contact with the folk music of the area and absorbed the atmosphere of the landscape into his compositions.
We heard ‘Reverie: Forests and Pools’ from the ‘South Bohemian Suite’ and ‘Stars in the Water’ from Eight Nocturnes for voice and orchestra, sung by Elena Strakova.
Leos Janacek was born in Moravia and was another composer whose early compositions show Dvorak’s influence, although his later works display an entirely unique voice. His ‘Sinfonietta’ dates from 1926 and was his last completed orchestral work. Ken played the first two movements, including the arresting brass-laden opening fanfare, in a superb performance conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, a leading authority on Janacek’s music.
Ken’s excellent programme was distinguished throughout by his customary exemplary involvement with the music, its performance and recording, complemented, as always, by fascinating historical detail.
He ended it, as he began, with Smetana, the ‘Furiant’ and ‘Polka’ from The Bartered Bride providing a rousing conclusion.
The next meeting of the society will be held on Thursday, November 16 when member Barbara Atkin will present a programme entitled ‘Another Evening with B’.
For further details please contact the general secretary, Richard W Hall, telephone 01706 823490 or email richard.w@ hall45.eclipse.co.uk.
New members are most welcome.