1946. Dr. Derrick Moore Morgan became conductor. A proposal that Dorking Oriana and DMS might combine under a new name was defeated at a Special General Meeting.
1947. Dr. Morgan stood down and Dr. Cole returned as conductor for two years.
1950-51. Charles Farncombe served as conductor for two years. On his resignation, the choir appointed William Llewellyn, assistant music master at Charterhouse.
1953. Reduced subscriptions were offered to attract younger members.
1955. A special meeting was held to discuss the shortage of men singers, especially tenors! Suggestions included advertising in the local paper for more men, and not admitting any more women until more tenors could be recruited. It was agreed that no new members would be allowed, except tenors and basses!
1957. Early in 1957 William Llewellyn offered his resignation, owing to commitments at Charterhouse and with the BBC. Julian Armitage-Smith was appointed instead. After the 1957 Festival, DMS was moved down to Division 1.
1958. The summer concert was revived after a lapse of many years, with a concert version of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’. Membership was now in the low 30s. Concern continued to be expressed about the lack of men’s voices and of younger members. Results in LHMF had been disappointing but began to improve gradually. The season always began at this time with a social evening at Butter Hill House, the home of Mrs. (later Lady) Staples. It ended on a social note too, with the AGM at Mr. Armitage-Smith’s home at Blackbrook.
1959. Ren Stewart deputised during the conductor’s absence in Africa and conducted the choir in this year’s Festival.