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RAMS­BOT­TOM Recorded Mu­sic So­ci­ety wel­comed gen­eral sec­re­tary Richard W Hall as pre­sen­ter at the meet­ing held on Oc­to­ber 18, with a pro­gramme en­ti­tled ‘Be­hold, the sea...’.

These are the words with which Vaughan Wil­liams’s ‘A Sea Sym­phony’ be­gins and Richard used this dra­matic open­ing to launch us on our evening’s mu­si­cal voy­age.

In the course of some 15 items, Richard showed us the sea in all its many vary­ing moods, not for­get­ting the dark and mys­te­ri­ous world be­neath the sur­face.

He also de­vised a highly ef­fec­tive nar­ra­tive which linked the pieces of mu­sic to­gether in a most en­ter­tain­ing way.

The com­posers rep­re­sented in­cluded Haydn, Rim­sky-Kor­sakov, Stan­ford and Brit­ten.

We also sailed on board ‘H M S Pi­nafore’ with Sul­li­van, vis­ited ‘Fin­gal’s Cave’ with Men­delssohn and lis­tened to the Band of H M Royal Marines play­ing ‘Old Com­rades’.

Film mu­sic by Korn­gold (‘The Sea Hawk’) and Her­rmann (‘Be­neath the 12-Mile Reef’) pro­vided en­coun­ters with pi­rates and the un­der­wa­ter world re­spec­tively.

Un­fa­mil­iar pieces by the Fin­nish com­poser Uuno Klami and the Bel­gian Paul Gil­son nev­er­the­less proved very en­joy­able, as did the can­tata ‘Calm Sea and Pros­per­ous Jour­ney’ by Beethoven.

Richard in­cluded some su­perb clas­sic per­for­mances in his pro­gramme and his fi­nal two items ex­em­pli­fied this to per­fec­tion and set the seal on an out­stand­ing evening’s en­ter­tain­ment.

Af­ter div­ing for oys­ters with Jussi Bjor­ling and Robert Mer­rill in the Duet from Act 1 of Bizet’s opera ‘The Pearl Fish­ers’, we took to the wa­ters for the last time with Dame Janet Baker in ‘The Swim­mer’, the fi­nal song in El­gar’s song cy­cle ‘Sea Pic­tures’ in the un­sur­passed record­ing con­ducted by Sir John Bar­birolli.

The next meet­ing of the so­ci­ety will be held on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1 and will be an ‘An­niver­saries Evening’ pre­sented by mem­bers of the com­mit­tee.

For fur­ther de­tails please con­tact Richard W Hall, tele­phone Rams­bot­tom 01706 823490 or e-mail r.w.hall45@ hot­mail.co.uk or fol­low us on Face­book.

New mem­bers are most wel­come.

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