Music for the world to hear

Spalding Music Club members at the IVO Day Centre, Spalding, for a meeting with vice chairman Ray Carroll, treasurer Gill Benson and chairman Barry Dance.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding Music Club members at the IVO Day Centre, Spalding, for a meeting with vice chairman Ray Carroll, treasurer Gill Benson and chairman Barry Dance. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding Music Club has World War II to thank for its twice-monthly meetings at the IVO Day Centre, Albion Street, Spalding.

The rise in popularity of classical music during the war led Geoffrey Firth, an ex-Royal Navy man from Derbyshire who moved to Spalding, to form the club in 1947 with the aim of encouraging interest in the music.

Long-standing Spalding Music Club member 'Marcia Egar of Moulton receives a certificate for her loyalty to the club for more than 65 years from Mick Birchall, (back) Barry Dance and Keith Dobney.

Long-standing Spalding Music Club member 'Marcia Egar of Moulton receives a certificate for her loyalty to the club for more than 65 years from Mick Birchall, (back) Barry Dance and Keith Dobney.

Nearly 70 years later, members meet to hear music styles chosen by themselves such as classical, jazz and folk. all played on compact discs (CDs) instead of gramaphones which was the case when the club first started.

Chairman Barry Dance said: “We are a recorded music society which flies under the umbrella of the Federation of Recorded Music Societies.

“We listen to CDs and there’s a published programme where members can bring their favourite music along to play at the club.

“The club is for anybody, of any age, and our members come back week by week so they must be enjoying it.”

Club secretary Keith Dobney said: “I’ve been a member of the music club for 45 years and it has a very loyal membership.

“We don’t know exactly what members are going to be play at each meeting so there’s an element of mystery about the club which is enjoyed by a lot of people.”

Spalding Music Club runs from September until April on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, except December.

For more details, call Barry on 01775 714781.