A little History of Society membership
In the mid 1980s Rose Andresier started the society with Murray Gordon, a musical director working at Lauderdale House. Both had taken a back seat in its affairs in the last few years and it is with great sadness that we heard in October 2011 of the death of Murray, aged 99.
In the early days Rose was our 'President' but she did not aim to lead a large group of players en masse. Many small ensembles formed and disbanded. By around the early 90s the guitar and flute duo of Hugh and Vicky Campbell had joined and promoted a little more disciplined ensemble. Then a few years later Stephen Kenyon came and began to conduct an even more serious ensemble towards greater things. This culminated in our taking part in the first Guitar Orchestra Competition at Cecil Sharp House and attaining joint first prize.
Alongside that activity the smaller ensembles and soloists also flourished. The Janimar Trio of Martin Byatt, Nigel Woodhouse and Jane Fisher, Concordia Guitar Duo (Dennis Cooke and Nick Hartley), Hugh Campbell and Alan Jones, Stephen Goss with the Tetra Quartet, Stephen Yates, and Dan Gareh are some of those who used Lauderdale GS as a platform. Many are still associated with the society.
During a period of around 20 years, up to 2013, the Society staged performances about three times a year for a club that brought able and disabled people together (PHAB - physically handicapped/able bodied) at a venue in Temple Fortune. This came about by the chance meeting of Sheryl Deane, who has long since moved to Cape Town, with one of the organisers of PHAB who had heard her playing the guitar from his neighbouring garden in Temple Fortune.