At a high point in 1932, with Douglas Anderson as architect and Trollope & Colls as owner, he built a house with 24 hectares of land and a lake for retired musicians, now called Merebank House, in what is now Beare Green. The name of the house is recorded on a postcard of the day as “Musicians` Rest House, Holmwood” – the 200-metre station is known as Holmwood Station, and this area was then known as Holmwood. Sir Henry Wood and Lady Wood, as well as Baron Frédéric Alfred d`Erlanger, the composer, participated on 10 June 1932 in a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the House of Musicians, during which the baron`s arrival was sung by 10 trumpets, 10 trombonists and 10 drums; Musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Covent Garden Choir were present. The Baron used a ladle of silver (which was then offered to him as a souvenir) to lay the first stone of the house which is still present only his name and the date of laying of the first stone, without reference to Sir Henry Wood or the purpose of the house; The recording of the foundation stone laying ceremony, published in the Leatherhead and Dorking Advertiser, indicates that there were plans to build more real estate on the site, such as a musicians` house, indicating that it had taken 10 years from 1922 to 1932 to raise funds for the land and the first house. The Mole Valley District Council planning portal notes that in 1948 permission was requested for 3 more houses on the site. Later there was a performance of Baron Frédéric Tess` opera. [Citation required] and various other musical performances recorded in the Dorking Museum archives. Ralph Vaughan-Williams has spent time at Leith Hill House, 2 km away, but no trace of his visit has yet been discovered. Internally, the Union also experienced problems in the 60s, notably during the brief strike of trade union staff in 1961 and the subsequent resignation of General Secretary Hardie Ratcliffe.
Its differences with the executive committee were reduced and the Union was always able to pass on some significant salary increases for musicians over the course of the decade, but a series of divisions (between pop and classical musicians and between those who made a living playing live, versus those who did so with recordings) that were to remain for decades to come. Miming on Top of the Pops (and other BBC programmes with musical performances) is prohibited. The following performances offer new recordings of the backing-tracks, all musicians who appeared on the recording must appear in the show. This was supposed to protect the musicians` work, but it also meant that MU membership was a prerequisite for the show at Top of the Pops. MU is blacklisting the Mecca Circuit for Bradford Locarno`s policy of denying admission to single black men. 7 group leaders leave the Union to create a short-lived separatist union, the British Federation of Musicians. Further strike threats, this time among orchestral musicians, who announced their intention to strike three months in advance as soon as the concert season began in September. In addition to wage demands, the Union wanted better conditions, including longer contracts, leave, sick pay and pensions. The publication of a BBC pamphlet on the future direction of the Corporation, Broadcasting in the Seventies, sparked a heated debate about the future of BBC orchestras, with the company under attack from both sides of the political spectrum.
The document suggested that the BBC only needed 5 of its 11 orchestras (BBCSO, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Northern Dance Orchestra, The London Studio Players and BBC Chorus), which sparked protests from unions, musicians and some politicians.