Weston-Super-Mare Music Appreciation Society - History




How did it all start?

The society was founded in October 1979, by Arthur Radford and a small group of enthusiasts. Their aim was to provide facilities for its members to enjoy a wide range of recorded music. This was to be achieved by using high quality equipment in amenable surroundings with ambient conditions more like the concert hall. It was, and still is, the desire of the society to increase members' knowledge and appreciation of music by arranging presentations by visiting speakers and its own members.

The inaugural meeting was held on October 24th 1979 at St Paul's Church Hall. Arthur Radford, who was well known in the field of high quality sound reproduction equipment and initially provided such equipment for the society, was elected President. There were between 50 and 60 people present and Dr. K.C. Mallen was elected Chairman.

Membership reached its highest (74) during 1984. Dr W.P. Kelly was Chairman until his death in 1997.

The society moved to its present venue — St Jude's Hall, St Peter's Church, Baytree Road, Weston-Super-Mare BS22 8HG — in the autumn of 2001.

The present Chairman is Michael Bass and the Secretary is Dianne Board.


We are always pleased to welcome new members!

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