Music was an integral part of the Ethical Society’s activities since 1887, when the famous Sunday Concerts began.
Alfred J. Clements served as the first organiser and Honorary Secretary from 1887 – 1938. In 1926 he was awarded the Cobbett Gold Medal at the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
For a richer understanding of history and significance of the South Place Sunday Concerts, why not have a look at the research on Walter Wilson Cobbett, by Betsi Hodges, which serves as an excellent topographical survey of the chamber music terrain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
Frank Hawkins served as Treasurer of the Sunday Concerts for over 24 years. Sadly, he died in June 1929, shortly before the inauguration of Conway Hall, with its magnificent acoustics. He collected nearly 2,000 pieces of sheet music of principally classical and romantic chamber music, which were bequeathed to the Society. It is out of copyright and is free of markings. The collection has been catalogued by composer and instrument combination, but it is not open to the public. The purchase of copies can be arranged.