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  Veronica Phillipson spent ten successful years as Musical Director of our Society. She began teaching music in Croydon with fellow teacher Barry Forgie, now Musical Director of the BBC Big Band. She emigrated to South Africa in 1970 where she joined the Johannesburg Bach Choir. In 1972, Veronica headed for Botswana where she formed the Selibe Pikwe Singers.  It was not long before she ended up in Nairobi singing with the Kericho Music Ensemble and the Nairobi Choral Society of which she was Honorary Secretary for a year.  While in Nairobi, singing wasn't enough so Veronica played percussion for the Nairobi Symphony Orchestra in performances of Carmina Burana, Die Fledermaus and Mozart's Figaro.

In 1976, it was time for Veronica to move on.  Conductorship beckoned with the Abu Dhabi Choral Group which, under her leadership, made a number of radio broadcasts. During this time she was also resident composer and Musical Director to the Abu Dhabi Dramatic Society. After three years, Greece looked attractive and while teaching music in an American school in Athens, she sang with the Athens Singers.

Finally in 1984, Veronica returned to the UK and joined the Royal Military College of Science choir in Watchfield, Wiltshire and the Faringdon Singers before moving on to Swindon Choral Society where she was librarian for a year. In 1986, while with the Marlborough Town Choral Society, Veronica was appointed as Head of Music at Highworth Warneford School.

She became Highworth Choral Society's Musical Director in 1994. Under her leadership the choir undertook works including Rossini's Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel's Messiah, Charpentier's Messe de Minuit and Mozart's Requiem in D Minor and it also entered the Sainsbury's Choir of the Year Competition.  In 2003, she inspired the choir with Misa Cubana, and conducted our UK premiere of this work.

In August 2004 Veronica continued her world travels by moving to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to help develop music in the island's schools.

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