Eileen Merry was the secretary of the Salisbury Orchestral Society from 1948 to 1994. She liked to encourage the younger musicians, and in particular a local and very talented family, the Brown family — Iona (Violin), Ian (Piano) and Tim (Horn) — who were establishing themselves as soloists. They have since played many concertos with us and are now internationally known.
Iona gave the orchestra a substantial capital sum when Eileen died, as a token of their appreciation, and she attended the Eileen Merry Memorial concert in March 2002, at which Tim was one of the soloists.
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra set up the Eileen Merry Memorial Fund, administered by the Committee, to disperse the annual interest to young musicians in need of financial assistance. The recipient each year is nominated at the Society’s AGM in October.
If you are interested in applying for the Eileen Merry Young Musicians’ Fund bursary, please get in touch with the Hon Secretary.