MARJORIE Wilson, a prominent figure in music and education in Hull after returning to East Yorkshire following the war with her severely injured husband, has died aged 89.
Mrs Wilson was for many years the conductor of the Hull Ladies Festival Choir, which represented the city with great success at music festivals all over the country. She conducted the choir for 10 years from 1956 and then for a long period from 1974. The choir sang for BBC radio and regularly in Hull for charity events and concerts at the Guildhall. As an accomplished singer herself, she had gained her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1952, having studied under the guidance of Winifred Ransom.
She will also be remembered through her career as a teacher and lecturer in Hull. She taught at Thoresby Street School and at Bricknell Junior School, later becoming a lecturer in education at Endsleigh College and then a senior lecturer at Hull College of Higher Education. Her masters degree, taken at the University of Hull, revolved around the use of music in education.
Her marriage lasting 57 years to local author and playwright Ivor Wilson very nearly did not happen when, in December 1944, serving with the Fleet Air Arm, his Corsair fighter plane crashed on landing near Yeovil, leaving him with terrible burns and injuries.
She had to go to Lambeth Palace to get a special licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury so that the ceremony, in March 1945, could take place at his bedside. He would remain in hospital for two years and came under the care of Sir Harold Gillies, known as the father of plastic surgery. He predeceased his wife in 2002.
Mrs Wilson is survived by their children Ian and Keren.