Rossendale Free Press - - The Laughing Badger -

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. 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@

New mem­bers are most wel­come.

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