Music, Theatre & Cinema

Three music groups remain active online.

Jazz Appreciation

Leader: Stephen Humphreys

A monthly group that shares its interest in listening to and discussing jazz classics.

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: 3.30–5.00 pm Thursday
  • Frequency: Third Thursday of each month

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.

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: 3.30–5.00 pm Tuesday
  • Frequency: Fortnightly, with occasion extra sessions
  • Open to all

Singing for Pleasure

Leader: Betty Mason
Assisted by pianist Maggie Gruenberg

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.

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: 4.30–5.30 pm Monday
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Betty has also posted links to music videos on the HGS U3A Facebook Group to keep everyone in good voice.

Groups Currently Paused

The following groups are unable to meet because of the closure of concert halls, theatres, and cinemas. It is hoped to resume them when government restrictions are lifted.

Classical Music Appreciation

Drawing of young woman playing celloFacilitator: Daphne Berkovi

A monthly group who have a keen interest in classical music. Includes periodic visits to prestigious venues such as Royal Academy of Music and Wigmore Hall.

Theatre Group

Leader: Sharon Cavendish

In normal times, we benefit from group rates. No transport is provided for West End and local shows—members make their own way there.

  • 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.

How the Theatre group works

  • Sharon provisionally books tickets for shows that she thinks 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 she needs to sell to get the discounted rate, and that can vary from 6 to 20 depending on the show.
  • Tickets are allocated, on hold, for a set amount of time, and again that varies.
  • When the time runs out Sharon has to pay for the number of tickets she has sold, so she needs to have the money 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. We cannot get tickets just for those that have shown interest as the theatres only sell to groups that meet the minimum number.
  • If a booking is cancelled, the money is refunded to your bank account.
  • If you buy a ticket, and then can’t use it, Sharon will try to sell it to another member, but there is no guarantee of this.
  • Sharon gets the tickets at some point after the deadline (varies with venue). When received, they are sent to you in a bright pink envelope.

World Cinema

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Visits to specialised London cinemas to view and discuss films from across the globe. Venues including BFI, ICA, Curzon Bloomsbury, Institut Francais, and Phoenix cinema East Finchley