Honours to long-serving Choir Secretary
Brian Williams has sung in Hereford Police Male Choir for more than half a century. Not only is Brian the last remaining founder still singing with the Choir, but he has been choir secretary from day one back in 1957. Surely one for the Guinness Book of Records.
But it was for his secretarial notes, not his musical ones, that Brian was invested a Member of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen in October 2009.
To mark the award of MBE his fellow choristers, patrons and guests gathered at Hereford Shire Hall on Saturday May 8th 2010 for a special Testimonial Dinner in Brian's honour. More than 150 heard Chief Constable Paul West, the choir president, the Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Sylvia Daniels, Mike Kidd and Alwyn Humphreys speak of the outstanding contribution Brian had made, not only to the choir but to the tradition of male voice singing generally. With his wife Margaret by his side, Brian, a retired police inspector, was serenaded by the choir singing a selection of his favourite songs.
At 79, Brian remains the backbone of the choir, hitting the top tenor notes as good as ever and running the choir's affairs with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Even when he went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE he did not forget the choir. He gave Her Majesty a copy of the choir's latest CD 'Still Standing.'