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Circle Cafe Book Club Tomorrow

Friday 7 March – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre
Next date on 11 April

We have been reading Martin Luther King by Godfrey Hodgson. Martin Luther King left an indelible mark on twentieth-century American history through his leadership of the non-violent civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. The election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president in November 2008 has spawned a renewed interest in King’s role as an agent and prophet of political change in the United States. This book gives a fascinating insight into a remarkable man.

Our next book will be Cranford by Elizabeth Gatskell. Cranford depicts the lives and preoccupations of the inhabitants of a small village with the Industrial Revolution approaching. It is an exquisitely observed tragicomedy of human nature, told with great delicacy and affection.

If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read, contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.

For more details ask at the Info Desk, call 0845 166 8202 or go to facebook.com/CircleCafeBookClub.

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Acclaim and News on Music From The Heart

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mfth-feb2013YouTube even has its own symphony orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. We look at some of their work and the way in which artists of different genres use it to promote their work.

These include the dubstep violinist Lindsay Stirling, the singer Sandi Thom, the pianists, Alice Sara Ott, Yuja Wang, Valentina Lisista, the violinist Daniel Hope and the cellist Sol Gabetta. Lisista rose from being a complete unknown and through her uploads on YouTube is now a sell-out in concerts round the world.

Friday 6 December 7.30pm – 10.00pm in the Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (refreshments available)

To keep up to date with future events check out Music From The Heart on Facebook.

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Recent glowing acclaim for Music From The Heart in the June 2013 edition of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal:

…The next unexpected encounter was at the Jesus Centre in Northampton. Each Jesus Centre has a drop-in, aimed primarily at supporting the disadvantaged and homeless or vulnerable. Jesus Centres offer mentoring to mums and tots, from maths to money-management, from healing groups to haircuts. The day centre supports people who are homeless or marginalised and offers showers, laundry, clothing, cheap food, and fortnightly drop-in sessions for ex-offenders. And it was here that I stumbled upon ‘Music from the Heart’. This is n relaxed gathering of friendly people, of all ages, who get together to celebrate musical themes on DVD. My visit to Northampton coincided with their tribute to Vaughan Williams, and a showing of job conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, What an absolute delight to see this greatest of conductors again. In his latter years one can only say his style epitomised “less is more”, with that long baton tweaked from the wrist, rather like an extension of his arm, his left hand caressing the orchestra, his feet planted firmly on the ground. He rarely looked at the score.

And the players rarely looked at  Adrian, as if they were well drilled, confident and trusting. Those musicians with their mutton chops, the top pocket handkerchiefs… it was all as l remember the seventies. If filming techniques have moved on, so what?

Located around a tea bar, tables and chairs and good company made this group a remarkable find, and I will be returning to join them again to see a documentary on Anne~Sophie Mutter, and to see music from the ghettos of Kinshasa and a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony by the symphony orchestra of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Such is the variety of their programme! At one point a client of the centre came around and blessed us one by one before settling down for a kip, but it was all very good natured. They are developing a website for non-regulars.

There are all kinds of grand musical societies, but I doubt if shall ever find a more friendly and down to earth group than this.

Robert Rush
London

November Book Club – Denisovich and Aitken

Friday 1 November – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre

Next on: 20 Dec

We have been reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Though twice-decorated for his service at the front during the Second World War, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was arrested in 1945 for making derogatory remarks about Stalin, and sent to a series of brutal Soviet labour camps in the Arctic Circle, where he remained for eight years. Released after Stalin’s death, he worked as a teacher, publishing his novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in 1962, to huge success. Later works were not as well-received by Soviet authorities, and not long after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, Solzhenitsyn was deported from the USSR. He returned to Russia in 1994.

Our next book, which will be available at the Book Club, will be Pride and Perjury by Johnathan Aitken. Jonathan tells the story of how he fell from being Chief Lord of the Treasury to being accused of pimping, arms dealing and corruption and then committing perjury when lying under oath in a libel trial. He also describes the intense and dramatic events behind his failed libel action and his subsequent trial for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Aitken’s fall from grace was the greatest personal catastrophe for a public figure since the trials of Oscar Wilde – a living hell including bankruptcy, divorce and a prison sentence. With insight and with elegance Pride and Perjury is a moving and compelling account of a fallen politician’s penitence and delves into the darker side of human nature. It is also an inspiring message of hope and redemption, as he describes his new-found faith in God.

If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read, contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.

Ask at the Info Desk for more details, or call 0845 166 8202 or visit facebook.com/CircleCafeBookClub.

Music From The Heart – Handel’s Belshazzar

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A performance directed by William Christie of Handel’s Belshazzar from the Aix Festival is being shown. His experienced team brought Handel’s not-so-high drama and philosophic tragedy to almost operatic dramatic standards as the Persian prince, Cyrus, overran the dissolute Babylonians and freed the captive Jews.

Belshazzar, written in 1744, was among the first English oratorios that Handel composed after he had abandoned the Italian opera form and so still retains a strong dramatic element.

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Friday 15 Feb 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (Refreshments available)

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Social Art Scene

Social Art Scene

Fridays from 7.30pm – 10.00pm

A free and easy night, all welcome.

An evening for artists, musicians and those interested to network, give presentations, show work, artist in residence, make music (jammin’) and generally, just hang out.

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2013 dates are:

11th January
22nd February
5th April
3rd May
7th June
19th July
16th August
6th September
25th October
22nd November

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Circle Cafe, Jesus Centre
Abington Square,
Northampton NN1 4AE

For more details call 0845 166 8202 or ask in person at the Jesus Centre Info Desk.

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