Well it was a small but intrepid bunch that met up for the 2007 BGS Christmas Party. While the numbers were down, the enthusiasm was nevertheless high with some great solo performances followed by a rousing festive ensemble of Christmas carols prepared and led by our very own Christmas Cracker- Denis Stockton!
This was followed by a traditional British pastime (at least for this Aussie)- the famous Quiz! And like all great Christmas Crackers, Denis had a few surprises stored away. He prepared a brilliant quiz which challenged the brain cells (which weren't helped by a few tins of Kronenburg). Jenny Wormald took the honours at the end, although I must confess to not doing as badly as I thought. For those of you who missed out the quiz is partially reproduced below. Give it a try and see if you can do better! Fortunately for you you can call a friend!!
Pick the correct answer
- Andres Segovia was born in (Madrid, Linares, Granada, Jaen)
- John Williams was born n (Hampstead, Sydney, Belize, Melbourne)
- Julian Bream was born in (Swindon, Chippenham, Battersea, Reading)
- Paco Pena was born in (Seville, Granada,Cordoba,Cadiz)
- Xufei Yang was born in (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan)
True of False
- JS Bach married twice and fathered twenty children.
- JS Bach and handel were both born in 1685, only 50 miles apart.
- JS Bach and Handel never met each other
- Handel's greatest patron was George the first of England
- The percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, is totally deaf.
- The composer, Joaquuin Rodrigo, was totally blind.
- Gary Ryan, at 27, was the youngest ever Guitar Professor at the RCM.
- Carulli was the most prolific of the 19th century guitar composers.
- Chopin, Villa-Lobos and Sor are all buried in Paris.
- Django Reinhardt was a great Jazz Guitarist.
- Stephane Grapelli played rhythm guitar in Django's jazz group.
- Domenico Scarlatti was the son of Allesandro Scarlatti.
- Both Scarlattis were born and died in their native Naples.
- The pianoforte was originally called the fortepiano.
Leave your entries in the blog response area. First prize is a packet of mince pies! Second Prize is two packets of mince pies!
On behalf of the BGS Steering Committee, I hope all members have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!