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A Little bit of background information:

The "Salon" name originates from the former "Salon Arts Club" which was founded in 1954 by Bridget Monahan a well known personality in music circles in Worcester. Bridget was an Author, a talented Cellist and Viola Player, a Singer and a Conductor. The Salon Arts Club became a Dramatic Society as well as an Orchestra and a Choir.  These groups used to meet in "The Stables" which adjoined Bridget's home in Britannia Square. The Club ran successfully for over 50 yearsand it was finally wound down when Bridget moved to a Rest Home in 2008. The founding ethos of The Salon Arts club was to provide opportunities to young and old to develop their artistic skills. The Salon Arts Club also raised thousands of pounds for charity and strongly supported the Musicians Benevolent Society. 

HISTORICAL: The Orchestra and a Choir continued until 2008. During the previous 10 years our numbers diminished as our membership aged and when Bridget, at the age of 97, could no longer continue both the Choir and the Orchestra were wound up. The majority of the Orchestra however wished to continue and thus it was that "The Salon Orchestra" was formed. The newspaper cutting on "Our Founder" Page says that the Orchestra "Lost its Leader and its inspiration" but we show below that we found a new inspiration.

2008-2017: In 2008 the Orchestra was fortunate in being able to persuade Merren Anthony to become our Conductor on a trial basis. Like Bridget Monahan, Merren was also a well known personality in Worcester music circles. Her previous success with younger musicians seems to have inspired her to take on a much more mature, in terms of age, group. Merren had formerly run and Conducted the "Cedars Orchestra" for many years and was also involved musically with choirs and was still a practising teacher. Happily Merren decided to "Take us On". Somewhat luckily we inherited a substantial library of music from the Salon Arts Club and we were even more fortunate because Merren also has a significant library of music of her own.  Thus it was that we had both music and a conductor. After 9 years of unstinting voluntary work with the Orchestra Merren approaching her 80th year decided to gracefully retire and we performed an appropriate  "Farewell Concert" on 20th June 2017.

NOW in 2017: Under our new Conductor Phil Davies we need to build our membership so please look through our pages and contact us if you might be interested. We invite you to email or phone.

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Phone: call Geoff on 01905 353013.