As revealed by Julian Anderson (1957), although the Holywell Music Room was rightly appreciated for chamber music, the nascent Wadham Music Society was created in order to give performances in the College Hall.
“Filled with trepidation”, Julian recalls, “Ernest Warburton (1956) and I asked Maurice Bowra for permission to give chamber music recitals in the Hall. To our absolute delight… the Warden fully supported this idea, even though it involved removing the High Table to make space for the performers and the centre row of tables in the body of the hall to allow more audience seating.”
Two photographs from the late 1950s show Julian’s quartet playing at the inaugural concert in the Hall and a recital he gave shortly afterwards in the newly refurbished Holywell. “The acoustic and atmosphere in the packed College Hall was truly amazing with total clarity of sound right to the very back.”