Music being one of the liberal arts and sciences, it has always formed an integral part of lodge meetings, as indeed we learned last year when we celebrated the three hundredth anniversary of Anderson’s Constitutions. Music teacher, Gordon Phillips from Hicks Beach Lodge, provided an audience at Stroud with a musical presentation of a new lecture he had written especially for Gloucestershire Masonic Society. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Glee Clubs and coffee houses traditionally provided musical accompaniment and interludes for their patrons. Why would masonry be any different? Gordon extended his study to the masonic music of Mozart and Haydn, and even added a composition of his own. Introducing fascinating facts he had uncovered, it proved to be an hour of sheer delight.
We thank Dick Smith for the article and photographs.