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Don't miss chance to research your family history for free

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 14, 2013

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THE South Devon Family History Club, along with Devon Family History Society, is holding its sixth Family History weekend, starting tomorrow and continuing on Saturday.

The event will be held at the Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot.

Whether you are a beginner, have hit a brick wall in your family research, or are someone well into genealogy but who needs a little help trying to find a link in your line, come along to the fun and free weekend.

The researchers provide their services free and you can also make full use of the Devon Family History Society. They can also help with searches in this country, or in many countries in the world, where records have been kept and transcribed.

Doors open tomorrow from 5pm until 9pm and Saturday from 9am until 3.30pm.

For further details please contact Dorothy Martin on 01626 774572.

TORBAY Recorded Music Society's latest presentation was by its treasurer Don Frampton.

He asked who might be considered the greatest English composer since Purcell? His answer was Benjamin Britten and Don illustrated his claim by describing Britten's impact on 20th century musicians and also by playing a wide selection of Britten's music.

Don began his talk by considering the highly-gifted schoolboy who won a place at the Royal College of Music where he was taught by distinguished composers, particularly Frank Bridge who had a profound influence on Britten's compositions.

Despite this, Britten's skill in orchestration was largely self-taught, rather like Elgar. Don began by playing a work by Bridge, 'The Sea', then Britten's own 'Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge'.

Other works included were 'Elegy for Solo Viola' and the 'Sinfonia da Requiem'. In the second half of the evening Don played the 'Courtly Dances' and the well-loved 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'.

The evening finished with another favourite of the concert-hall, the atmospheric 'Four Sea Interludes'. Don's knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject ensured an enjoyable and informative evening.

The society meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm at St Matthias Hall, Torquay. Visitors welcome.

THE Civil Service Pensioners' Alliance will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 19, at 10.15am in the Frances Norrish room, St Paul's Church, Preston Road, Paignton.

There will be a 'bring and buy' stall followed by the monthly business meeting and then a talk by John Risdon. Members and friends welcomed.

For more information telephone 01803 290689.

BRIXHAM Heritage Museum is holding a quiz night on Saturday at 7pm for 7.30pm.

Entry £5 per person to include nibbles and a glass of wine or soft drink. Teams of four can be made up on the night. Telephone 01803 856267 to reserve a place.

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