Symphony of secrets

The recent meeting of Perfect Points, the Chorley group research society took on a musical flavour when Robin Woolfendale presented ‘Mozart the Mason’ at Chorley Masonic Hall.

Robin Woolfendale.

Robin Woolfendale.

The meeting was well attended and amongst those present was the current group chairman Peter Locket, past chairmen John Robson and Ken Shaw. Peter is also the president of Perfect Points and the past president David Harrison was also present. Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Frank Wilkinson was also amongst the audience, bringing with him a newly made brother and a future initiate as his guests. Everyone was welcomed to the meeting by Gary Smith, chairman of Perfect Points.

Robin introduced the subject of his talk, ‘the composer Mozart’ who was of course a Freemason, having been initiated into a lodge in Vienna in circa 1785. Mozart had started composing at the very young age of 14 years and, following his entry into Freemasonry, composed a total of seven Masonic musical pieces. Robin projected images of the composer on the screen as well as playing pieces of music that Mozart had composed.

Mozart’s most famous piece of ‘Masonic’ music is ‘The Magic Flute’. Robin treated the brethren to a section from the piece during which ‘knocks’ of great significance can be heard being played by the orchestra. Robin concluded his talk by stating that after the 67th performance of ‘The Magic Flute’ in 1791 Mozart sadly passed away. Robin received a warm round of applause from the brethren following this most interesting talk and was thanked by Gary.

The talk was followed by a tasty meat pie supper served up expertly by the catering team at Chorley Masonic Hall. The usual Perfect Points raffle took place and the prize of a bottle of whiskey was won by Allan Shields.

The next meeting of Perfect Points takes place on Friday 27 April 2018 when the renowned speaker Mark Olly will present a talk about the Knights Templars. Full details including how to book will be found on the Chorley group website nearer the time of the meeting, along with details of how to book and attend.

Article and photography by Allan Shields

Pictured from left to right, are; Mark Howard (vice chairman Perfect Points) Gary Smith, Robin Woolfendale, Peter Locket, Frank Wilkinson, Ken Shaw, John Robson and Dave Harrison.

Pictured from left to right, are; Mark Howard (vice chairman Perfect Points) Gary Smith, Robin Woolfendale, Peter Locket, Frank Wilkinson, Ken Shaw, John Robson and Dave Harrison.

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