So you'd like to present a programme...

We encourage all members to have a go at presenting a programme. You don't have to be an expert or have an extensive CD collection. Here are some guidelines to get you started.

  1. Each meeting lasts two hours (excluding a 15-minute break). Experience has taught us that a music-to-talk ratio of about two-to-one works best. This means about 80 minutes or less of music, leaving the remaining 40 minutes for your own comments and members' feedback.
  2. The classical tradition encompasses a golden treasury of music from which you can draw. From light to serious, medieval plainchant to modern minimalism, solo instrumental pieces to grand opera. There are so many composers too: from Gorecki to Gershwin, Grainger to Glinka, Gounod to Glass - and that's just the 'G's! Your selection may consist of pieces with nothing else in common than the fact that you enjoy listening to them. Or you may like to try something a little more adventurous. For example, you could build your programme around a theme such as the sea. The key is to devise a programme that contains enough variety so that everyone hears at least one or two pieces they can enjoy.
  3. A list of the most popular composers whose music has featured in past programmes can be found on the right of this page. If you would like to see if any of your proposed selections have been played before, just click on the relevant composer names and full details will appear. You can also find names of composers, performers or works that have featured previously by using the Search box at the top of the page.
  4. If you would like to include a work not represented in your own collection, it may be possible to borrow a recording online from the national library service. However, you will need to allow about 3/4 weeks for the recording to be delivered to your local library.
  5. Bring along your selection on individual CDs and, if you want, we will look after the technical aspects of cueing and playing each track on the club's stereo system. Alternatively, you may prefer to pre-record your programme onto a single CD. If burning a CD, please rip the tracks at the highest quality setting, i.e. 320 kbps or lossless. Another option is to load your tracks onto an mp3 player, such as an iPod. However, you should check beforehand that is it compatible with our stereo system
  6. We enjoy listening to music more when we know something about it. So, you may like to share your thoughts about your selections, how and when you first heard them and why you like them. Or you might decide to talk about the composer, the composition, or the performers. Information like this can be found easily in the CD sleevenotes or at web sites such as allmusic (see links below right).
  7. We would encourage you to prepare a handout for members to which they can refer during your programme. This can be a single sheet, handwritten or typed, containing details of the works and performers you have chosen to play for us.
  8. When you have decided on your programme have a word with our Programme Co-ordinator, Bernard Clarke, and he will agree a date with you for your presentation.
That's it. Have fun!

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