DID you know Johann Sebastian Bach had more than 20 children or that Paul McCartney was a left-handed guitarist?
Perhaps you are keen to learn more about Australia’s operatic legend, the late Dame Joan Sutherland, who was known to sing a high “F” sharp – or do you want to brush up on your Jimmy Buffet knowledge?
These are just some of the facts on offer from former Channel 9 Midday music maestro Geoff Harvey through his new music appreciation program.
The Monday morning get-togethers are the latest offering of Mr Harvey through his music school in Bowral.
He hopes to inspire and develop a broader musical appreciation and understanding among Highlanders through the mid-morning gatherings at his studio.
Mr Harvey said the classes aimed to provide a new creative and social outlet for parents after they dropped their children at school or others in the community looking to meet people, learn something new and enhance their love of music.
As far as Mr Harvey is concerned, some people enjoy a hit of golf, others head out on the tennis court, some dabble in arts and crafts.
Mr Harvey said he aimed to offer something for the musically-minded.
“People can bring along some music they would like to listen to or learn more about, or they can even play a tune on the piano,” he said.
“I will have a general program for each week, but as I learnt during my many years on the Midday Show, very few shows ended according to plan, but that only made for a better show.
“I think the same will apply to these classes – I want them to be interactive, fun and interesting.
“Whether it be the Beatles or Bach, I think these get-togethers will be enjoyable, informative and maybe even a little eye-opening.”
Romantic music, great composers and contemporary styles are just a few of the topics Mr Harvey has in mind to cover during the classes.
He said the classes would be open to about five or six people.
“They will begin at 11am each Monday and will continue for a good hour,” he said.
“I see them as bringing together people with similar interests.
“I hope they will prove a popular social outlet, which leads to people involved heading out to lunch or coffee afterwards and hopefully forming new friendships.”
The classes are $10 a person.
Bookings and inquiries: Mr Harvey on 4877 1116.