Welcome to U3A Hamilton

If you are no longer in full time employment, have a need for mental stimulation, and possess knowledge, skills and interests that you would like to share, then U3A may be what you are looking for.

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Online Learning

In this blog, we have compiled places for online learning, including the topics of our monthly guest speakers.

Online Learning

Monthly General Meeting

Activities include a monthly general meeting, along with participation in at least one of the special interest groups.

  • When: Third Wednesday of each month
  • Where: Cooperating Church Hall, 124 Comries Road, Chartwell.

  • Time: Meeting starts at 10.00am. Coffee after lecture.

Guest Speakers are invited for their expertise in a wide range of academic, medical, cultural, commercial or social subjects. Free parking.

Our next meeting  will be on 16th November and the speaker will be Kirstine Moffat who will be speaking about Jane Austen.

Jane Austen and Music

‘Yes, yes, we will have a pianoforte, as good a one as can be got for thirty guineas, and I will practice country dances, that we may have some amusement for our nephews and nieces, when we have the pleasure of their company.’ (Jane Austen Letter to Cassandra Austen, 1808)

Jane Austen’s novels are rich in musical interludess, from practice sessions at home, to performances at parties, to accompaniments to dancing. This reflects the author’s own love of music. According to Austen’s niece Caroline, ‘Aunt Jane began her day with music’ and her extensive collection of music books, many of them handwritten, are on display at the Jane Austen House at Chawton. While music gave Austen daily pleasure, her depiction of music in her novels is complex, highlighting both her interest in music to express genuine feeling and provide welcome entertainment, but also her awareness that music in Regency England was also bound up with discourses about femininity and class.

My talk will begin with the place of music in Austen’s life and end with a discussion of music in her novels. Throughout I will intersperse words with sounds. All of the pieces I am going to play are from Jane Austen’s music books, music we know she was familiar with and played herself. The musical portion of the talk will feature popular dance tunes, traditional songs, and works by Joseph Haydn, Ignace Pleyel, Johann Baptist Cramer, and the Duchess of Devonshire.

Dr Kirstine Moffat is Associate Professor in the English Programme at the University of Waikato. She has published widely on nineteenth-century New Zealand literature, music, and culture and is the author of Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand. She has a lifelong love of Jane Austen’s fiction and relishes any opportunity to research, teach, write about or talk about her favourite author.

Interest Groups

Apart from the monthly general meeting, a number of interest groups meet regularly for discussion and learning on a chosen topic. Convenors organise meetings which may be in a participant’s home or in a public room. They may be held weekly, fortnightly or monthly, and are usually held during the day.

Members often attend more than one interest group, and are encouraged to suggest or start a new group, after discussion with the committee.

Welcome to U3A Hamilton

If you are no longer in full time employment, have a need for mental stimulation, and possess knowledge, skills and interests that you would like to share, then U3A may be what you are looking for.

About     Join

Online Learning

In this blog, we have compiled places for online learning, including the topics of our monthly guest speakers.

Online Learning

Monthly General Meeting

Activities include a monthly general meeting, along with participation in at least one of the special interest groups.

  • When: Third Wednesday of each month
  • Where: Cooperating Church Hall, 124 Comries Road, Chartwell.

  • Time: Meeting starts at 10.00am. Coffee after lecture.

Guest Speakers are invited for their expertise in a wide range of academic, medical, cultural, commercial or social subjects. Free parking.

 

Our next meeting  will be on 16th November and the speaker will be Kirstine Moffat, University of Waikato  who will be speaking about Jane Austen.

Jane Austen and Music

‘Yes, yes, we will have a pianoforte, as good a one as can be got for thirty guineas, and I will practice country dances, that we may have some amusement for our nephews and nieces, when we have the pleasure of their company.’ (Jane Austen Letter to Cassandra Austen, 1808)

Jane Austen’s novels are rich in musical interludess, from practice sessions at home, to performances at parties, to accompaniments to dancing. This reflects the author’s own love of music. According to Austen’s niece Caroline, ‘Aunt Jane began her day with music’ and her extensive collection of music books, many of them handwritten, are on display at the Jane Austen House at Chawton. While music gave Austen daily pleasure, her depiction of music in her novels is complex, highlighting both her interest in music to express genuine feeling and provide welcome entertainment, but also her awareness that music in Regency England was also bound up with discourses about femininity and class.

My talk will begin with the place of music in Austen’s life and end with a discussion of music in her novels. Throughout I will intersperse words with sounds. All of the pieces I am going to play are from Jane Austen’s music books, music we know she was familiar with and played herself. The musical portion of the talk will feature popular dance tunes, traditional songs, and works by Joseph Haydn, Ignace Pleyel, Johann Baptist Cramer, and the Duchess of Devonshire.

Dr Kirstine Moffat is Associate Professor in the English Programme at the University of Waikato. She has published widely on nineteenth-century New Zealand literature, music, and culture and is the author of Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand. She has a lifelong love of Jane Austen’s fiction and relishes any opportunity to research, teach, write about or talk about her favourite author.

Interest Groups

Apart from the monthly general meeting, a number of interest groups meet regularly for discussion and learning on a chosen topic. Convenors organise meetings which may be in a participant’s home or in a public room. They may be held weekly, fortnightly or monthly,  and are usually held during the day.

Members often attend more than one interest group, and are encouraged to suggest or start a new group, after discussion with the committee.