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Aberystwyth’s Philomusica to present concert and talk to celebrate 50th anniversary

The orchestra has survived several music crises, such as the closure of the Music Department and the sad, untimely death of Haydn Davies in 1991. One of Haydn’s ex-pupils and long time French horn player from the orchestra, Wynford Jones, stepped into the breach. Due to the closure of the Music Department, Philomusica had lost the rich pool of music students but with the appointment of a new vice-chancellor, Professor Kenneth Morgan, came hope. With a campaign by the public a new appointment of a director of music, and a music centre was achieved. Dr David Russell Hulme, a former student in the department and one of the founder students of Philomusica, was appointed to the new post and the orchestra invited him to take over as conductor, a role he took up in 1992. This reinforced ties with the university and Philomusica truly became a ‘Town and gown’ orchestra. Dr David Russell Hulme introduced a student music bursary scheme to attract talented instrumentalists to Aberystwyth and Philomusica thrived.

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