n 1942, when the Second World War had already created immense damage to Southern England, a number of women gathered in an Oxshott home for their regular "Discussion Group" meeting, and at the end, when talking about future topics, one lady suggested, (and this was, perhaps a strong hint, knowing who was in their midst,) that it would be nice to vary their meetings, -perhaps with some music? A young 25 year old concert pianist, already the recipient of the Second prize in the famous Brussels International Piano Competition-(the first prize winner was Emil Gilels!), - offered her services and her drawing room. Thus the seeds were sown, and the first concert was given by Moura Lympany.