Welcome to the Salisbury Chamber Music Club

We organise live music concerts every month during autumn and winter (September-April). Once a year we have young professionals, but otherwise all the performers are amateurs or semi-professionals.

BASIC INFORMATION

Where do we meet? United Reformed Church, 30 Fisherton Street, Salisbury SP2 7RG. We start at 7.30pm

How much does it cost? A season ticket for eight concerts costs £14. One-off admissions at the door set you back £6, but if you are a student or under 18 we only charge £1. Special concerts, involving professional musicians are free to members but cost £8 at the door and £2 for students.

Who can attend? Everyone is welcome.

Contact? You can contact us at musicscmc@yahoo.co.uk

SOME HISTORY

The Club was founded by Anthony Brown, father of several well-known musicians including Iona and Timothy, who organised concerts in his own home.

An Inaugural Meeting held on April 1st 1941 at 27A New Canal established the club on a more formal footing.  The objects of the club were set out as

(a) encouraging the playing and appreciation of Chamber Music

(b) putting players in touch with one another

(c) facilitating the loan of music

(d) stimulating practice by enabling groups to play to critical audiences of fellow members.

The annual subscription was fixed at five shillings.

We can still claim to adhere to the first three of the stated objects of the club, but the days when concerts were always given by members to members are long gone. We now try to provide opportunities for local amateur musicians to play to a live audience which will always be friendly and supportive; as part of this policy, every year we invite one of the local schools to bring their students to play for us.

OUR BROADWOOD PIANO

The Club owns an old Broadwood "boudoir" Grand Piano, which was  rescued from the Officers' Mess at Porton Down when it closed in 1979. This piano is kept in the United Reformed Church where the club meets. It was showing signs of its age, but thanks to grants and fund-raising by the Club we were able to have it fully overhauled by John Broadwood and Sons. At an inaugural recital after the work was completed, pianist Duncan Honeybourne played English music of the same period as the piano, and music by composers who favoured and played on Broadwood pianos. The audience also heard a talk by Dr Alastair Laurence, a Director of the Broadwood company.

For the benefit of piano experts, we should add that ours is a barless piano.