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Musician says farewell to orchestra
A LONG-standing member of Salisbury Symphony Orchestra has decided to hang up his drumsticks after nearly 50 years as a timpanist.
Fellow musicians said farewell to Graham Annetts at a thank you party following a rehearsal.
Mr Annetts, who used to run Watsons the China Shop in Salisbury, told fellow musicians how much he had enjoyed his time with the orchestra.
He said: “It has been a real privilege to play in this wonderful orchestra and to join in its success.”
Particular highlights have been playing Holst’s Planets in the Cathedral and the SSO 90th anniversary Beethoven concert.
After training to be a music teacher, he taught for two years before joining the family china and glass business, only retiring five years ago.
Graham has played the organ at Salisbury Methodist Church for more than 50 years and also played double bass with the SSO on a couple of occasions.
He has also been a regular with Salisbury Sinfonia and Musical Theatre Salisbury.
SSO chairman Ross Mallock thanked Graham for his loyalty and expressed the hope that he might return to play from time to time.
The orchestra’s next concert is on November 23, at City Hall, Salisbury.
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