Music & Theatre

History of the Musical

Leader: Allan Cinnamon

You are welcome to come and listen to the performances of this group.

We trace the history of the musical and its composers from  inception at the beginning of the 20th century through its increasing sophistication up to the present time.

Music, lyrics, and dialogue are illustrated primarily by live performance with piano accompaniment.

The next presentation will feature songs from a selection of musicals. Apart from hearing most of your favourite melodies presented by our four singers, you’ll also learn how these historic show were put together.

  • Start date: Planning to resume in Summer 2019
  • When: Third Thursday of each month 10 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Alyth, Alyth Gardens, NW11 7EN
  • Number of places: 50

Modern Jazz Appreciation

Leader: Jack Berkovi

A monthly group that shares its interest in listening to and discussing modern jazz classics.  Please bring one of your favourite CDs if you wish.

  • Start date: 9 January 2019
  • When: Wednesday 3.30 – 4.30 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Location: Members’ homes, initially NW11
  • Number of places: 12
  • Please book your place using the form below.

Music on the Street where they Lived c 1920–60

Leader: Stan Clingman

Music from places where people lived amicably, happily, and in harmony; the American Songbook, the singers, and the great Jazz players. Their stories and their songs.

  • Start date: 02 October 2018
  • When: Tuesday 3.15 pm – 4.45 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Location: Leader’s home, N3 1BJ
  • Number of places: 14. Currently full.

Music Appreciation at The Royal Academy of Music

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

This group is for music lovers of all music genres.

Three men and two women playing the flute in front of an audience
The London Flute Quintet performing at the Coffee Concert in Fellowship House

Free Master Classes, tours and concerts (concessions). For further information, visit the Royal Academy of Music website.

  • Start date: Already active
  • Frequency: Variable
  • Charges: Voluntary donation
  • Location: Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
  • Maximum size: 20
  • Advance booking:  When events are posted, a booking form will be added to this page.

Singing for Pleasure

Leader: Betty Mason
Assisted by pianist Maggie Gruenberg and conductor Françoise Geller

Members of the choir singing in performance

Singing songs across the music genre, accompanied by a pianist. Sight reading although useful, not essential; just the ability to enjoy singing in a group. Lyrics are provided in advance of each session.  No auditions are required.

  • Resumes: 14 January 2019
  • When: Monday 5 pm – 6 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Location: Alyth Synagogue Hall, Alyth Gardens, NW11 7EN
  • Number of places: 30

Theatre Group

Leader: Sharon Cavendish

  • When: Theatre trips as arranged
  • Duration: Depends on the show
  • Location: London theatres
  • Number of places: No restriction on numbers; each show will have a set number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

Theatre visits. We benefit from group rates, but no transport is provided for West End and local shows; please make your own way there, or go in cabs with other members.

Now Booking

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT returns to the West End for a strictly limited run. It only opens in July at the London Palladium and I have tickets for Wednesday 3rd July 2019 at 2.30 pm. The special group price is £46 (face value £75) for rows G and H in the Royal Circle.

Book now to make sure you get your seat.

How to book

  1. Send Sharon Cavendish an email (address is in the HGS U3A handbook) with your name, address, and the number of tickets you want (all members in your party must be members of HGS U3A).
  2. Pay the full amount by bank transfer to Sort code: 23-05-80 A/c number 25725018 using your surname as the reference followed by JOSEPH.

How the group works

  • I provisionally book tickets for shows that I think people will be interested in through an agency that specialises in group bookings, or directly with the theatre for local venues.
  • There is a minimum amount of tickets that I need to sell to get the discounted rate, and that can vary from 6 to 20 depending on the show.
  • When I ask for the tickets they are allocated to me, on hold, for a set amount of time, and again that varies.
  • When the time runs out I have to pay for the number of tickets I have sold, so I need to have the money in the account by then.
  • Some of the deadlines are quite tight, so there is no time to ask who is interested, and wait to get enough interest before asking for payment. That means that on occasions, sadly there is not enough interest in a show, and the booking therefore has to be cancelled. I cannot get tickets just for those that have shown interest as they only sell to groups that meet the minimum number.
  • If this happens, I will email you to tell you, and ask for your bank details and the money is refunded to your bank account.
  • If you buy a ticket, and then can’t use it, I will try to sell it to another member, but there is no guarantee of this. If I do, I repay the money to your bank account.
  • I get the tickets at some point after the deadline (it varies according to venue) and when I get them, I send them out to you in a bright pink envelope.