Presented by: Sheila Twine
Review written by: Ena Garden
We were entertained and entranced by a selection of music chosen by Sheila Twine, ably assisted by Christine Norman. Norma Hales, a professional violinist, played Cavalleria Rusticana and kindly accompanied us when we sang Danny Boy, Sheila’s mother’s favourite, and The Lord is My Shepherd, the school song at Sheila’s Swiss boarding school.
Different stages in Sheila’s life reminded her of different pieces of music such as Scotland the Brave played by her kilted father on his old melodeon. Luckily, Santa was good to him one year and presented him with a new one. Grandfather loved Gilbert and Sullivan so we listened to Tit Willow and The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring. Her brother played the French horn so Rondo from The Horn Concerto was played in his honour.
Having trained as a teacher, Sheila joined the local musical society and Oklahoma and Oh What a Beautiful Morning brought back many happy memories. Her husband, Adam, introduced her to Dvorak and Sibelius, such beautiful music. As a finale, we heard Island In the Sun sung by Trent Christian as a happy memory of the U3A visit to Norfolk Island. Thank you all for such a pleasant and uplifting afternoon.