The choir is delighted that in 2002 Carl Davis agreed to become its President. The invitation was sent after a successful concert for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night, in which Carl led the choir. In June 2002 Carl conducted the choir in a Charity Gala Concert for a performance of Mozart's Requiem at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust. Carl believes strongly that all music has its place and this is reflected in his varied selection for concert programmes. From conducting in concert halls and improvised arenas to composing music for films, television series or silent films from the 1920s, ballets and musicals as well as an Oratorio, his versatility is extraordinary.