December 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday 2rd December 2015

Presenter: John O'Hagan
From Zelenka to zarzuelas

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  1. Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745): Hipocondrie à 7 concertanti in A Major, ZWV 187. Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestre, cond. Jürgen Sonnentheil (8:50) 
  2. George Frederick Handel (1685-1759): Cantata HWV 140 - No se emenderá jamás. María Bayo (soprano), Mike Fentross (guitar), Jay Bernfeld (viola da gamba) (5:03)
  3. Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772): Noël provençal. René Saorgin, organ (4:44)
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Cantata BWV 140 -  Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. i. Chorale: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. iv: Chorale: Zion hört die Wächter singen (Nico van der Meel, tenor). vii: Chorale: Gloria dei dir gesungen. Holland Boys Choir, Netherlands Bach Collegium, cond. Pieter Jan Leusink (13:12)
  5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano concerto No 27 in B flat, K595: i. Allegro. Clara Haskil (piano), Bavarian State Orchestra, cond Ferenc Fricsay (13:02)
  6. Amadeo Vives (1871-1932): Doña Francisquita, Fandango - Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, cond. Antoni Ros Marbá (2:23)
  7. Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888): La Chanson de la Folle au Bord de la Mer (Prelude  Op 31 No 8) - Stanley Hoogland (Pleyel piano, 1858) (3:47)
  8. Tomás Bretón (1850-1925): La Verbena de la Paloma, Habanera concertante - Plácido Domingo, María Bayo et al, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, cond. Victor Pablo Pérez (4:34)
  9. César Franck (1822-1890): Le Chasseur Maudit - Boston Symphony Orchestra, cond. Charles Munch (13:58)
  10. Amadeo Vives (1871-1932): Doña Francisquita, Canción del ruiseñor - María Bayo, Alfredo Kraus et al, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, cond. Antoni Ros Marbá (6:00)
  11. Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888): Le Festin d’Esope (Study, Op 39 No 12) -  Raymond Lewenthal, piano (8:44)                                                                                    
  12. Amadeo Vives (1871-1932): Bohemios, Choeur des Bohemes - Choir and Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, cond. Antoni Ros Marbá  (2:45) 


November 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday 4th November 2015

Presenter: Barbara Dunne

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Edward Elgar
  1. Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude to Act.1) - Berlin State Opera Orchestra, cond. Karl Muck (8:31) 
  2. Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Sea Pictures. Op 37, (2. In Haven (Capri), 4. Where Corals Lie) -  Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano, London Symphony Orchestra, cond. John Barbirolli (6:11)
  3. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Piano Trio No. 2 in C major Opus 87, (ii. Andante con moto; iii. Scherzo, Presto & Trio) - Grieg Trio (12:30)
  4. Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): To The Children, song for voice and piano,Op 26/7 - John McCormack, tenor (3:12)
  5. Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, for alto, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 53, Marjana Lipovsek, Ernst-Senff-Choir; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Claudio Abbado (13:04)
  6. Robert Schumann (1810-1856):  Widmung, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone, Jörg Demos, piano (2:19)
  7. Franz  Liszt (1811-1886): Transcription of Widmung (Concert version) Joseph  Banowetz,  piano. (3:30)
  8. Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello Op. 102 (ii. andante) - Maria Kliegal, cello; Ilya Kaler, violin; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. cond. Andrew Constantine  (8:15)
  9. Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975):  Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 (ii. andante) -Christina Ortiz, piano, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Vladimir Ashkenazy (7: 28)
  10. Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904): Mazurek for violin & orchestra in E minor, Op.49 - Anne-Sophie Mutter,violin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Manfred Honeck. (5:51)
  11. Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Wiegenlied - Elizabeth  Schwarzkopf, soprano, London Symphony Orchestra. cond. George Szell (4:50)
  12. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): L'enfance du Christ (Overture and the Shepherds' Farewell to the Holy Family) - La Chapelle Royal and Collegium Vocale Gent;  Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, cond. Philippe Herreweghe (9:14)
  13. Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in A major. Andante teneramente, Op. 118/2 - Håkon Austbø, piano (5:54)


October 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, October 7th 2015
    Presenter: Bernard Clarke

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  1. Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (1782-1871): Les Diamantes de la couronne (Overture) - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Richard Hayman (8:29)
  2. Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Minor - Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, cond. Matyas Antal (10:45)
  3. Anon.: Gloria - Monks of the Benedictine Abbey el calcat; Boy's Choir from L'Alumnat (4:20)
  4. Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Konzertstück for piano & orchestra in F minor, J. 282 (Op. 79) - Alfred Brendel, piano; London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Claudio Abbado (17:13)
  5. Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen (Overture) - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Georg Solti (11:39)
  6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339 (5. Laudate Dominum) - Emma Kirkby, soprano; Academy of Ancient Music, cond. Christopher Hogwood (4:30)
  7. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495 - Roger Montgomery, horn; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, cond. Margaret Faultless (16:16)
  8. Josef Strauss (1827-1870): Music of the Spheres, Op. 235 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (8:31)


September 2015 - Meeting


We have had to cancel our first meeting of the new season due to take place on Wednesday next September 2nd. This is because of building work at the SOFA centre where our meetings are held. The centre is now closed while the work is underway.

The committee tried to find another venue, without success. While there are several suitable alternatives in Shankill unfortunately none was available on the evening in question.

We have been assured that the SOFA centre will reopen during September so we expect the meeting scheduled for Wednesday October 7th to go ahead as normal. If there is any further change of plan we will notify you in advance.

We apologise for this delay in resuming our musical activities after the summer break and look forward to seeing you in October.


June 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
    Presenter: Bernard Clarke

    Luba Orgonasova
  1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi (14:53)
  2. Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835): I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Oh! quante volte) - Luba Orgonasova, soprano; Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Will Humburg (8:43)
  3. Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Totentanz, Paraphrase on 'Dies Irae' - Krystian Zimerman, piano; Boston Symphony Orchestra, cond. Seiji Ozawa (15:12)
  4. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi (15:47)
  5. Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Spanish Dance; Pas de deux - Variation & coda; Waltz finale & Apotheosis) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Artur Rodzinski (12:21)


May 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, May 6th 2015
    '2015 Anniversaries' 
    Presenter: John O'Hagan

    Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997)
  1. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Rakastava, suite for string orchestra, Op. 14 - Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, cond. Juha Kangas (10:54)
  2. Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI/50 (ii. Adagio) - Sviatoslav Richter, piano (6:03)
  3. Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Holstein Songs, Op. 10 (4. Song behind the plough) - Aksel Schiøtz, tenor; Christian Christiansen, piano (2:01)
  4. Carl Nielsen: Springtime on Funen, Op. 42 (3. The gentle day) - Aksel Schiøtz, tenor; Gerald Moore, piano (2:07)
  5. Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 "Inextinguishable", Op. 29 (iii. Poco adagio quasi andante; iv. Allegro: tempo giusto) - Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Zubin Mehta (17:38)
  6. Carl Nielsen: At the bier of a young artist - Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond Herbert Blomstedt (4:49)
  7. Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Moments musicaux, D. 780, Op. 94 (iii. Allegro moderato in F minor "Air Russe") - Sviatoslav Richter, piano (1:41)
  8. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Fantasias (7) for piano, Op. 116 (v. Intermezzo in E minor. Andante con grazia) - Sviatoslav Richter, piano (3:31)
  9. Johannes Brahms: Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119 (ii. Intermezzo in E minor. Andantino un poco agitato) - Sviatoslav Richter, piano (5:00)
  10. Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904): Piano concerto in G minor, Op.33 (ii. Andante sostenuto) - Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Bavarian State Orchestra, cond. Carlos Kleiber (8:53)
  11. Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): Prelude No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 23, No. 1; Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12 - Sviatoslav Richter, piano (6:03)
  12. Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43 (iv. Finale – Allegro moderato) - BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Thomas Beecham (11:53)


April 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, April 1st 2015

'Sound and Vision' 
Presenters: T. Donovan & Jim Bruce
  1. Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music (20:44)
  2. Berliner Philharmoniker's Digital Concert Hall: Mahler's Symphony No. 1 (excerpt) played by Berlin Philharmonic, cond. Simon Rattle (3:27)
  3. Dudley Moore: Little Miss Britten (1:25)
  4. Metropolitan Opera, New York: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle from Bizet's Carmen, sung by Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano (4:35)
  5. Alice Herz-Sommer: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (excerpt) (11:24)
  6. Jacqueline du Pré & Daniel Barenboim: Jacqueline du Pré in Portrait (excerpts) including Elgar's Cello Concerto (ii. Lento - Allegro molto) (6:55)
  7. Mozart in the Movies: Extracts from The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Amadeus (1984) (9:38)
  8. Steve Reich: Reich on Reich (excerpt); Music for 18 Musicians (Pulses, Section 1) (10:30)
  9. Mariinsky Ballet, St. Petersburg: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (Final scenes), cond. Valery Gergiev (12:27)


March 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, March 4th 2015
    Presenter: Gerry Hickey

    Franz Schubert
  1. Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Symphony No.8 in B minor 'Unfinished', D. 759 (ii. Andante con moto) - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Michael Halász (11:13)
  2. Franz Schubert: Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass in A major 'The Trout', D. 667 (iv. Theme and Variations. Andantino) - Zoltán Kocsis, piano; Takács String Quartet, Ferenc Csontos, double bass (8:05)
  3. Franz Schubert: Symphony No.9 in C major 'The Great', D. 944 (iii. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio) - NDR Symphony Orchestra, cond. Günter Wand (10:42)
  4. Franz Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("The Shepherd on the Rock"), D. 965 - Barbara Bonney, soprano; Geoffrey Parsons, piano; Sharon Kam, clarinet (11:36)
  5. Arnold Bax (1883-1953): Tintagel - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, cond. David Lloyd-Jones (14:35)
  6. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a - BBC National Orchestra of Wales, cond. David Atherton (16:25)
  7. Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Arabesque No. 2 in G major - Martino Tirimo, piano (3:35)
  8. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Quintet in E Flat Major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, K. 452 (iii. Rondo: Allegretto) - Jeno Jandó, piano; Jószef Kiss, oboe; Béls Kovács, clarinet; Jena Keveházi, French horn; Jozsef Vajda, bassoon (5:29)
  9. Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Bacchanale, scherzo for orchestra - Orchestra des Concerts Lamoureux, cond. Yutaka Sado (8:26)


February 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, February 4th 2015
    'February - Plus'
    Presenter: Sheila Thomson

  1. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Four Seasons, Op.8 (Concerto for Violin in F minor No.4 'Winter', RV 297) - Concentus Musicus Wien, cond. Nikolaus Harnoncourt (7:47)
  2. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Prelude and Fugue in A minor - Robert Parkins, organ (6:02)
  3. Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (Act II, Scene 2: Balcony Scene & Romeo’s Variation) - London Symphony Orchestra, cond. André Previn. (5:14)
  4. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op.56 'Scottish' (ii. Allegro un poco agitato) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Franz Welser-Möst (9:24)
  5. Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): La bohème (Act I: Si,Mi chiamano Mimi, O soave fanciulla) - Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Nuccia Focile, soprano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Maurizio Benini (9:22)
  6. George Frederic Handel (1681-1759): Orlando, HWV 31 (Act I: Povera me!) - Emma Kirkby, soprano; The Academy of Ancient Music, cond. Christopher Hogwood (3:22)
  7. Fernando Sor (1778-1839): Introduction, Theme & Variations on a theme from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Op. 9 - John Holmquist, guitar (6:11)
  8. Karl Jenkins (1944- ): The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace (Now The Guns Have Stopped) - Rachel Lloyd, mezzo soprano; London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Karl Jenkins (3:25)
  9. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): The Italian Girl in Algiers (Overture) - Zagreb Festival Orchestra, cond. Michael Halász (7:59)
  10. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): The Oceanides, Op. 73 - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, cond. Simon Rattle (10:31)
  11. Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Op.8 (Concerto for Violin in E major No.1 'Spring', RV 269) - Concentus Musicus Wien, cond. Nikolaus Harnoncourt (8:12)


January 2015 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, January 7th 2015
    Presenter: Frank Murray

    Georg Solti
  1. Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 (Act I, Scene 2: Montagues and Capulets) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Claudio Abbado (5:01)
  2. Roger Quilter (1877-1953): Now sleeps the crimson petal - Benjamin Luxon, baritone; David Willison, piano (2:34)
  3. F. Paulo Tosti (1846-1916): Parted - Benjamin Luxon, baritone; David Willison, piano (3:51)
  4. Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919): Pagliacci (Intermezzo) - Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Herbert Von Karajan (3:39)
  5. Max Bruch (1838-1920): Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 (1.Adagio Cantabile) - Salvatore Accardo, violin; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, cond. Kurt Masur (4:46)
  6. Frederic Chopin (1810-1849): Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23 - Arthur Rubinstein, piano (9:22)
  7. Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Vanessa, Op.23 (Intermezzo) - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, cond. Marin Alsop; Stephane Rancourt, oboe; Karen Jones, flute; John Gracie, trumpet (4:28)
  8. Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (1. The Hero) - Staattskapelle Dresden, cond. Rudolf Kempe (4:22)
  9. Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Tannhauser (Act III: Beglucht darf nun dich ... Pilgrims Chorus) - Helga Dernesch, mezzo-soprano; Victor Braun, baritone; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus cond. Georg Solti (5:05)
  10. Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (Overture) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Herbert von Karajan (11.53)
  11. Richard Strauss: Zuiegnung - Margaret Price, soprano; Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano (1:46)
  12. Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904}: Songs my mother taught me (Gypsy Melodies), Op. 55/4 (Kdyz Mne Stará Matka) - Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano (2:42)
  13. Enrique Granados (1876-1916): Spanish Dances, Op.37 (5. Andaluza in E minor. Andantino quasi allegretto) - London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Ataúlfo Argento (4:08)
  14. Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (4. Pines of the Appian Way)  - Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, cond. Lorin Maazel (4:51)
  15. Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): Manon Lescaut (Act III: Intermezzo) - Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Herbert von Karajan (5:16)
  16. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony No.8 in E flat, ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ (15-Blicket Auf...16-Alles Vergangliche...) - René Kollo, tenor; Lucia Popp, sopranos; Helen Watts, contralto; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna Singverein; Vienna Boys Choir, cond. Georg Solti (11:30)



The organisation is called the Shankill Classical Music Club, hereinafter referred to as the Club.

The aims and objects of the Club are the furtherance of interest in and appreciation of classical music by means of recitals of recorded music or by such other means as the committee, from time to time, deems to be appropriate.

Meetings normally take place on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding July and August, unless decided otherwise by the committee.

Each member shall pay an annual subscription, the amount to be decided at the Annual General Meeting. The Club's financial year shall run from June 1st to May 31st and all subscriptions shall be due at the first meeting following the AGM. The Club shall be conducted on a non-profit making basis. Its income shall be devoted to the general expenses of running the Club, and no payment for services shall be made to any member. Members shall be entitled to re-imbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred on the Club's behalf. New members who join the Club during the financial year will pay a reduced subscription for the remaining portion of the year. In addition to the annual subscription, an attendance fee is payable at each meeting, the amount to be decided at the Annual General Meeting.

The management of the Club shall be in the hands of a committee consisting of four Office-Holders: a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, and two other members. The committee shall have the power to co-opt members to fill any casual vacancy or for specialised knowledge. The duties and responsibilities of each committee member shall be decided by the committee. Details of those duties and responsibilities shall be available for inspection by Club members. The quorum for committee meetings shall be four members. All members of the committee shall have equal voting powers. In the event of a tied vote, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

The Officers and Committee shall be elected annually by the members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting. Subject to the previous paragraph, committee members may serve indefinitely. However, in respect of the four Office-Holders, each period in a specific office shall not exceed three consecutive years. An Office-Holder who has completed a full period in that office may serve in the same position for another three-year period, provided that any subsequent period in the same office shall commence no earlier than three years following the completion of the previous period in that office. An Office-Holder who has completed three consecutive years in a specific office may continue as a committee member in a different position.

A General Meeting of the Club shall be held annually in June and at least 10 days’ notice of the meeting shall be given to members, with the Agenda of the meeting, and details of any resolutions to be discussed. A Special General Meeting may be called by the Committee at any time, and shall be called on written request being made to the Hon. Secretary by at least three members; at least 10 days' notice shall be given of any Special General Meeting with details of the resolutions to be discussed. The quorum for Special General Meetings of the Society shall be a simple majority of members.

The Committee shall have the power to expel any member whose conduct shall in the opinion of the Committee render such a member unfit for membership. The member concerned shall have the right to attend the Committee meeting at which the expulsion is discussed, and seven days' notice of such a meeting shall be given to the member, with particulars of the complaint against him/her. No member shall be expelled without a) having had the opportunity of appearing before the committee and answering the complaint, and b) a two-thirds majority of the committee then present voting for his/her expulsion.

These Rules shall not be altered, amended, or rescinded except with the consent of three-quarters of the members present and voting at a General Meeting of the Club.

If a motion for the dissolution of the Club is passed at a General Meeting, any assets remaining shall be disposed of in a manner approved by the members present and voting at the meeting deciding upon the dissolution.

The Committee shall have the sole power to decide upon the interpretation of these Rules and upon any matter not provided for in these Rules.


Formally approved at a General Meeting held on Wednesday, January 7th 2015.


Tadhg Donovan, chairman

Bernard Clarke, vice-chairman

John O'Hagan, hon. secretary

Jim Bruce, hon. treasurer


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