It is with great sadness that we report the death recently of our former Club Secretary, Peter Thomas. He had been suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.
Peter retired as Secretary at the last AGM after five years in that office, a period of considerable innovation and achievement for the Club, both artistically and in other ways. His choice of artists was inspired (for example, bringing The Emerson Quartet to Malvern for their only UK appearance during a European tour). He created the Elgar Centenary concert last April, when The Brodsky Quartet played to a near capacity audience, a concert recorded for later broadcast on Radio 3. He oversaw the successful introduction of a seventh (Sunday) concert, as well as schools concerts and the popular morning ‘Coffee and Cake’ concerts at Elmslie House.
When Peter first joined the Committee some eleven years ago, he overhauled the Club’s house style to its current, professional appearance, taking advantage of his newly learned skills in graphic design. Peter loved music and loved the Club, devoting many hours to ensure it would continue to flourish. That it is currently in such a strong position is testament to his contribution over many years, for which I, his fellow Committee members and, I am sure, all of us are truly grateful.
We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and to his family.
John Gregory, Chairman