Change is inevitable. Some changes are good, and some are not so good. At the AGM at the end of November, our Music Director, Stephen Deakes, announced that it was time we had a new Music Director. Despite universal acclaim for his leadership from all at the meeting, he was adamant that it was time we had a change. He has no intention of leaving the band: he will stay on to play an instrument with us, but he will not be our Music Director after the first concert next year.
We are now seeking a new Music Director.
The band has been going for thirty years, and I have not yet played with the band for ten years. So I am not qualified to comment on most of the band’s history. But Steve has had the band sounding better during his tenure than I can remember ever before. The performance of the 1812 overture at our recent proms concert was indeed outstanding. The picture shows Steve accepting applause after it.
We will miss Steve as our Music Director. But we are lucky that we do not have to say good buy to him as a friend and musical colleague.
Thank you Steve.