In memoriam Marie-Jo Brown (1948 - 2010)

Marie-Jo Brown, TMS 1988

by Aurie Anderson, March 2011

Marie-Jo Brown, to whose memory we dedicate our performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria [in the Spring Concert on 12th March 2011], was the society’s supremely efficient secretary from the early nineties until 2005. Marie-Jo was born in Dieppe in 1948 and came to England to teach French. Here she met her husband Simon at a party – it was love at first sight. They married and had two children, and shortly before her death [in June 2010] her grandson was born.

Marie-Jo joined the society in 1982 as an alto. She was always a most dependable member of the choir and worked extremely hard and enthusiastically on its behalf.

She began learning the violin at the age of four and continued to play all her life. She was a member of Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Church Band and made guest appearances in her husband’s band ‘Big Bill & the Write Off’. For the latter she bought an electric violin and taught herself to improvise – a far cry from her classical upbringing. A real family person, Marie-Jo loved cooking and latterly took to flower arranging with great enthusiasm and had a great affinity with bright colours – especially pink!

Marie-Jo took her MA in English via the Open University and to cap it all was a member of MENSA. Clever girl!!