Early Years: 1881 - The Chichester Instrumental Society
There is a reference to the "Chichester Instrumental Society" in the Chichester Directory, Handbook and Almanac of 1881, where it is stated that "a String Band has recently been formed of Amateur Instrumentalists. Full Band Practice every Monday evening from 8.15 to 8.45, under an experienced Conductor." Apart from adding the names of the Hon. Sec., Mr John Fielding and the Treasurer and Librarian, Mr A J Kerwood, it did not say where they met. (One might even wonder what they did in only half an hour!)
On the same evening of the week, the "Musical Society" met "for practices at the "Girls' Schoolroom," the Conductor being Mr E T Aylward and the Hon. Sec. Mr W L Gibbings. This organisation, subsequently conducted by the Cathedral organist (Dr F J Read), did in fact continue to run for several decades afterwards.