Salisbury Musical Society’s profile and musicianship has been particularly enhanced by the support of some key individuals in recent years.
Our most recent President was the late Sir David Willcocks. Sir David conducted the Salisbury Musical Society during his time as Organist at Salisbury Cathedral from 1947-50. He is only the second President the Society has had, the first being Sir Adrian Boult, a friend of our founder Walter Allcock. Sir Adrian died in 1983 and was succeeded by Sir David, who was a great supporter of the choir. Despite his busy schedule he still found time to come to our special events and in 2000 conducted one of the four performances of the Verdi Requiem that we sang with the Philharmonische Chor Berlin in Berlin and in St Paul’s and Salisbury Cathedrals.
We have had two distinguished Vice-Presidents:
Major General (ret’d) Patrick Brooking was a member of the Choir for many years. He was the senior military officer in Berlin in the late 1980s and sang with the Philharmonische Chor Berlin. He was the link between the PCB and Salisbury Musical Society and it is his inspiration (and fundraising) that have ensured that we established and maintained our relationship with the PCB. In recognition of his services to the Choir Patrick was made a Vice-President in 1999. Patrick died in early 2014.
Revd Jeremy Davies was a Vice-President during his tenure as the Canon Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral and for many years he was a tenor in the Salisbury Musical Society. He provided a valuable link between our Choir and the Cathedral in matters musical and was often to be seen at the front of the Choir on concert evenings, introducing the performers and giving the traditional opening prayer.