Our History

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HEDGE END NEW MUSIC MAKERS

Early in 1970 the then Junior Church Organist and Choir Master in the Methodist Church, Stuart Harding, a young 24 year old, was asked to do something for the Junior Church Anniversary. So, he gathered together a dozen young people from the church to sing the Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’, the group being accompanied by an even younger recorder group. The evening was a tremendous success, so much so that after the performance we suggested that we should continue to sing for our own enjoyment. So after a meeting of all who were interested the ‘New Music Makers’ was born in the September of 1970. We wanted to sing secular music rather than church music with only a loose association with the church. From then on we have always practiced in the Methodist Church Hall.

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I must take this opportunity in thanking everyone who over the years have added in any way to the quality of the New Music Makers, for without your help we would find it more difficult to exist.

Tom Rodaway (founder member) with additional contributions by Louise Staniforth