History of

Three Rivers Music Society

This is how it all began...

In October 1975, Rickmansworth based Dennis Murdoch along with Stanley Weeden and Noel Cox came up with a brilliant idea of starting a new music society "To encourage the appreciation and presentation of music and associated arts in the area covering mainly Rickmansworth but covering the whole of the Three Rivers District Council...".

They quickly set out to organise TRMS's very first concert on 7th December 1975 at the Gade Theatre (now Watersmeet) with Christmas Music and Carols starring Watford's internationally famous Anne Pashley (soprano), her husband, Jack Irons (tenor), Jack and Julie Smethurst, Noel Cox (organ) and Jonathan Cohen as conductor.

From all records and as narrated in this cutting, this concert was not only a great success but some 302 tickets were sold including 24 VIPs. Obviously for advance bookings and for sales on the door, there were no computers in those days ; these were done manually.

And what's more, the reserved and unreserved tickets were £1 and 70p each respectively.

TRMS remains immensely grateful to Sally Furr, Dennis Murdoch's daughter for bringing in the archives of those early days of TRMS and the present Board of Trustees feels proud and privileged to be today's bearers of the torch in carrying the spirit of those initial objectives today.

Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Croxley Green and surrounding areas would certainly have hugely missed out on all TRMS's concerts with delightful music and a fantastic tradition over the years but for the foresight, planning and perseverance of these wonderful men - Dennis Murdoch, Stanley Weeden and Noel Cox. The trustees humbly express their gratitude to them.

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TRMS's History
TRMS Concerts


Sad news - Christopher Gunning's death...
Emma Abbate & Julian Perkins
Thomas Bowes (3)
Halls Bros & Mooody (3)
TRMS Past Concerts


John Donegan Jazz Sextet (7)
Purcell School (9)


Purcell School (8)
Verona Maier (2)
John Donegan Sextet (6)
Maggini Quartet (7)
Purcell School (7)
Organist Samuel Bristow
Symphonia Academica
Moody & Halls Brothers
Roberts & Horton


Purcell School (6)
Galliard Ensemble
Bowes (violin) & Maier (piano)
John Donegan Jazz Sextet (5)
Jayne Walker (violin) & Steven Halls (cello)Duet
Iain Farrington and John Reid piano duet
Jayne Walker Piano Trio


Purcell School (5)
The Maggini String Quartet (6)
John Donegan Jazz Sextet (4)
Hallses & Moody Quartet
Peter Nall Chamber Ensemble
Louise Thompson Harp Recital
John Donegan Jazz Quartet (3)
Purcell School (4)
Ferio Saxophone Quartet


Jayne Walker Piano Trio
Symphonia Academica (2)
Purcell School (3)
Maggini String Quartet (5)
Maggini String Quartet (4)
Gunning Speech on Rubbra's music
Thomas Bowes Violin Solo
Stokes (flute) & Lee (piano)
Butterworth Organ Recital
Julian Trevelyan piano
Purcell School (2)


Purcell School (1)
John Donegan's Jazz Quartet (2)
The Sansara Consort
Maggini (3)
Uday Bhawalkar
What is Dhrupad?
Symphonia Academica
RYMY - 2017
Ashley Fripp
Donegan Jazz Trio (1)
Maggini (2)
Sad news - David Angel's sudden death...
Nall & Ward

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