Feb 23rd

A Long Remembered Visit to Glyndebourne

By Maureen J

Glyndebourne was the highlight of our summer, and like many enthusiasts, we were regulars at the annual winter week-end courses held in the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill. These were run by the Southern Opera and Ballet Society (SOBS) as a preparation for the forthcoming season with its scheduled programme of operas to be held at the Sussex venue.

Always well attended, these sessions were mentored by professional artists and musicians, while the mixture of appreciative amateur music-lovers from various walks of life learned much as we enjoyed ourselves during the two days of the course. The master classes proved invaluable. Everyone felt better able to appreciate the final stage production, as well as getting a taster of what was to come through an insight into the hard work and discipline that brings an opera to life on the stage.

In the summer of 1982 we eagerly anticipated our visit to see Orfeo ed Euridice with Dame Janet Baker in the title role. It would prove an unforgettable evening.

After the performance, with tears still streaming down my cheeks, my husband and I descended the stairs. As we were emerging through the doorway at the bottom, we encountered our old friend Miron Grindea, cognoscente of the art world and friend of many who inhabited it. We all made our way into the foyer.

Upon seeing my tears Miron demanded ‘What is the matter?’

‘That performance...it was so wonderful...I can’t stop crying...’

Whereupon, grabbing my hand Miron said, ‘Follow me...’

I did, and leaving a vaguely surprised husband, found myself backstage picking my way in a long evening dress and high heels through a bewildering profusion of scenery, props and people; all of whom appeared to be intent on what they were doing and where they were going. Hitching my skirt with one hand and watching where I put my feet, I followed the tousle-headed figure gesticulating wildly for me to follow and keep up with him.

It happened in a trice; the object of our back-stage perambulation appeared at a dressing-room door. Dame Janet Baker stood for a moment framed by the doorway and dressed in a flowing silk robe embellished with red flowers. Still in make-up, she was at once besieged and engaged in conversation by an excited Miron.

Whatever he said galvanised the world famous diva and with a swift turn she bore down on me, her robe billowing, her arms outstretched as she said, ‘Oh you darling...’ and clasped me in a spontaneous hug.

The memory remains, a golden moment, one among many in the treasure chest of this octogenarian.  



Jul 18th

What Song Brings Tears To Your Eyes?

By brenda r

What Song Brings Tears To Your Eyes?

Some years ago, and just after dad passed away, i was just doing some house-cleaning, had the radio going. “Smile” with Nat King Cole came on, and as i listened to this lovely song, tears just rolled down my cheeks. i felt sad as it made me want dad close again, and how i just could not smile . As i heard the words to that song, every word seemed to be speaking to me, and it was as if dad was speaking them to me. To this day, every time i give a listen to this song, i still have the same re-action. How does it go…… “Smile, though your heart is breaking, Smile even though its aching, When there are clouds in the sky, You’ll get by, if you smile, Though your heart is breaking, You’ll see the sun come shining through, If you just smile” This song always has me with dad, for just a short while…..in thought and now, i cherish those memories so

Is there a special song that brings you tears, of joy or sadness?
Jun 15th

What Is The First Record You Ever Bought Or Were Given, Can You Remember?

By brenda r
I remember it vividly...


For me,it was back in early 60's, i was very much a new Beatles' fan. I remember their first hit record, actually both sides of the 45 were hits. My father took me down to the record store, and knowing how much i loved this group, and i was only about 14 yrs of age, well anyway dad bought the record "She Loves You" flip side being " I Wanna Hold Your Hand" for me. I must have played that record at least a thousand times! Never forgot that time, but now to this day, i'm not really sure which of my siblings has that record. But, at least i have my memories of this time on my life, and even now, being a zoomer, i still get a thrill when i hear these songs on the oldies station. And, i often think of this time in my life when dad bought me my first record.
Apr 10th

Do you have a favorite singer?

By brenda r

Do You Have A Favorite Singer Of All Time?


Have you got a favorite singer of all time? There have been numerous great singers over the centuries, it is so hard to narrow it down to just one. Example, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Connie Francis and so on...
But, i have always had a soft spot for Nat King Cole. I remember first hearing him when i was only a teenager way back in the '60's. He was singing " Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer" on the radio. He had the most velvet-like voice! I fell in love with him. To this day, he is still my favorite singer, here is the song i love the most by Nat King Cole. "Smile". This song especially holds a special place in my heart, as it was one day in 2005, i was dusting and was kind of down, depressed as my father had just passed away. I was having a sad moment and suddenly this song "Smile" came on the radio. Listening to it seemed to calm me somehow, it was as though my Dad was sending me a message. To keep smiling and that he was okay. To this day, this song is special to me, i love it. And, whenever i think of Dad and get a little sad, this song comes to mind and seems to soothe me.
Do you have a favorite singer and/or song by them you would like to share?
I would love to hear about it and maybe a memory associated with it? 


Mar 10th

From: The Daily Mash

By Colin L

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Manuel Nauta/REX/Shutterstock (5593891k) Angus Young AC/DC in concert at American Airlines Center, Dallas, America - 23 Feb 2016

A LONE member of Australian rockers AC/DC has been mysteriously untouched by the ravages of time. 

Fans are increasingly suspicious that lead guitarist Angus Young, aged 13, may owe his youth to some kind of diabolical bargain.

Lifelong AC/DC devotee Norman Steele said: “The rest of the band have succumbed to the rigours of old age and rock’n’roll. 

“But somehow Angus hasn’t aged a single day in 43 years, retaining his unlined schoolboy’s face, innocent golden curls and tendency to scrump apples from old Mr Melcher’s garden.

“What is his secret? Has he cursed his bandmates?

“Or is he leeching youth from the audience even as he fools them into thinking they still look decent in black leather jackets and tour T-shirts?”

Angus said: “Yeah, I made a deal with the devil, obviously. I’ve written like thirty songs about it.”

Jan 9th

Poetry in music.

By David R

I must admit that I love poetry mostly I find it in music these days not in books.

Not many people these days can write a good song and verse like they used to do in the earlier years. This is one from the 3rd Hobbit movie wrote and sung by Billy Boyd.

Sorry I can't actually post the song but here are the words.I am sure you will agree well worth the read.

I saw the light fade from the sky
On the wind I heard a sigh
As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers
I will say this last goodbye

Night is now falling
So ends this day
The road is now calling
And I must away
Over hill and under tree
Through lands where never light has shone
By silver streams that run down to the sea

Under cloud, beneath the stars
Over snow one winter's morn
I turn at last to paths that lead home
And though where the road then takes me
I cannot tell

We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

Many places I have been
Many sorrows I have seen
But I don't regret
Nor will I forget
All who took the road with me

Night is now falling
So ends this day
The road is now calling
And I must away
Over hill and under tree
Through lands where never light has shone
By silver streams that run down to the sea

To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home
And though where the road then takes me
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

I bid you all a very fond farewell

Jan 9th

Silver 60s

By David R

Just thought I would mention if anyone is interested in music like myself. One of my kids bought me a cd for christmas called "Silver 60s" there is some great tunes on it. It consists of 3 cds obviously by the title it is all 60s music and I have put it on my media player and also I use the cd's in the car so I am singing along to it all day. Great cd check it out.

Nov 19th

St George's Park provides Music for the Mind

By Mary B

Choir at St George's


Recent studies have proven that listening to music is more than just a sound you enjoy, it actually promises numerous health benefits. Scientists at Helsinki University found that music has positive effects on your mood, memory, basic brain function and it also slows down the genes that cause brain deterioration. At St George’s Park in Ditchling, East Sussex, residents can delight in one of the many musical activities that take part in the original concert hall, including Christmas and summer concerts and also choir practice.

Don Geen, a resident and one of the choir founders, comments: “There’s nothing quite like singing from the bottom of your heart. It’s so good for the soul and really regenerates your spirit!  I have always enjoyed singing and decided to follow in UK’s choirmaster in chief, Gareth Malone’s, footsteps by setting up the choir at St George’s Park in 2013. I believe it’s a great way for people to make friends and have fun, and it’s very therapeutic.”

St George’s Park retirement village, created for the over 60s, which will offer 240 stylish apartments in total, is set in 250 acres of beautiful parkland and landscaped grounds. The recently released final phase offers some of the most impressive homes in the scheme so far. The generous two-bedroom apartments in Purchace Manor occupy the footprint of the site’s original nursing home and is a focal point for the scheme boasting a grand architectural style. 

Rafael Court provides a selection of new build one-bedroom apartments in a building that also houses the new leisure centre and health club. Due to open later this year, Rafael Court boasts a very beneficial indoor heated swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, games room, therapy room, café and hairdressing salon.

Sports and leisure facilities are both indoor and outdoor at St George’s Park, ensuring activities are available all year around. Residents can enjoy lots of fresh air and outdoor pursuits including fishing in the lake, bowling, croquet and they can even join the allotment club. There is also a host of indoor activities available including table tennis, snooker, line dancing, short tennis and short mat bowls.  

The active St George’s Park Resident’s Association organises a packed timetable of activities including a variety of clubs such as an art club, local history group, scrabble, book club, poetry group and friendly bridge clubs, and the ever popular ‘knit and natter’ club. There is also an on-site hairdressers, library, convenience shop, concierge and a mini bus and pool car service allowing residents to take a trip into the local towns. Residents can also enjoy events in the original concert hall, an ideal place for special occasions, communal gatherings and other events including plays, guest speakers and film nights.

Apartments throughout the village are generously proportioned, well planned, light and finished to a very high specification. All are fully accessible for wheelchair users and residents with mobility impairments, while offering attractive, contemporary interiors.  For peace of mind St George’s Park has ensured that all apartments come with monitored security, video entry and fire alarm systems.

St George’s Park is located within 3 miles of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, both of which offer good local shopping including major supermarkets and excellent rail links to Brighton, Gatwick Airport and London Victoria.

The latest phase of properties at St Georges Park start from £460,000 for a two bedroom apartment in Purchase Manor and from £310,000 for a one-bedroom apartment in Rafael Court.  

For further information contact the sales office on 01444 259732 or visit www.stgeorgespark.co.uk




Purchace Manor

Oct 24th

From: News Biscuit

By Colin L

Supermarkets launch Christmas 2016

With Halloween almost upon us and Bonfire Night shortly behind, savvy supermarket managers are limbering up to pop their 10 track Christmas CD on loop in the stores music system for everyone’s enjoyment.

‘The 6th November wouldn’t be 6th November without Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ coming on 17 times a day,’ said Asbury’s store manager David Prepuce. He continued: ‘Trying to predict when rival store managers are going to start playing their festive CD is crucial. Once I’ve done that I then have to ensure my store puts the CD on one day before them in order to guarantee billions of pounds of extra profit for my chain. That is why we do it isn’t it? Why else would we want Wizzard on for 9 weeks?’

Speaking from behind a trolley loaded up with 40,000 of tubs of Quality Street, he said: ‘With Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop the cavalry’ ringing through the aisles every forty minutes, any shopper will find it impossible to resist buying up all our overpriced seasonal old tat. Most of which has a sell by date of 21st November anyway.’


Sep 22nd

From: The Daily Mash

By Colin L


JOHN Lewis has begun the process of turning a much-loved song into an insipid mess in time for Christmas.

The song, believed to be by Madness, will be dismantled to identify the parts that make it good so they can be removed and replaced with tinkly whimsy.

Engineer Nikki Hollis said: “We’ve been milk-feeding a stage school waif in a darkened room for the last eight months so they can sing it with the sufficient lack of oomph.

“By now they sound like a baby owl with a collapsed lung meekly asking for its mummy.”

Defeated Madness fan, Tom Logan, said: “I’m imagining a mournful version of Our House replete with breathy vocals and minor piano chords.

“John Lewis have become so good at this that it’ll probably become the only version of Our House I remember when I’m 70.  Surely that’s evil?”

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