History of

Three Rivers Music Society

This is how it all began...

In October 1975, Rickmansworth based Dennis Murdoch along with Stanley Weeden and Noel Cox came up with a brilliant idea of starting a new music society "To encourage the appreciation and presentation of music and associated arts in the area covering mainly Rickmansworth but covering the whole of the Three Rivers District Council...".

They quickly set out to organise TRMS's very first concert on 7th December 1975 at the Gade Theatre (now Watersmeet) with Christmas Music and Carols starring Watford's internationally famous Anne Pashley (soprano), her husband, Jack Irons (tenor), Jack and Julie Smethurst, Noel Cox (organ) and Jonathan Cohen as conductor.

From all records and as narrated in this cutting, this concert was not only a great success but some 302 tickets were sold including 24 VIPs. Obviously for advance bookings and for sales on the door, there were no computers in those days ; these were done manually.

And what's more, the reserved and unreserved tickets were £1 and 70p each respectively.

TRMS remains immensely grateful to Sally Furr, Dennis Murdoch's daughter for bringing in the archives of those early days of TRMS and the present Board of Trustees feels proud and privileged to be today's bearers of the torch in carrying the spirit of those initial objectives today.

Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Croxley Green and surrounding areas would certainly have hugely missed out on all TRMS's concerts with delightful music and a fantastic tradition over the years but for the foresight, planning and perseverance of these wonderful men - Dennis Murdoch, Stanley Weeden and Noel Cox. The trustees humbly express their gratitude to them.

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