Cherubim Music Trust greatly regrets to announce the passing of our former Chair, David Ganderton.

Professor Ganderton had a distinguished career in both academic and industrial pharmacy. He was a former Chairman of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission and a member of the Chemistry, Pharmacy and Standards Sub-committee of the Committee of Safety of Medicines. For such services, an OBE was conferred in 1995. He received the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Charter Gold Medal for 1998, an award which marks an outstanding contribution to the profession of pharmacy nationally.


David had a lifelong love of music, and was an able pianist in his younger years. On moving to Tisbury he agreed to take over the Chair and ran Cherubim from 2017 till 2022, when ill health obliged him to retire.


Michael Maxwell Steer, Cherubim Director, writes: David was a dear friend with whom I often took a couple of pints in the Boot on a Thursday. I first knew him as the grandfather of two of my piano pupils and we always had lively musical conversations. He said he would like to become a Trustee when he moved to Tisbury; and as soon as he and Joyce sold their house in Devon, he was as good as his word.

Always enthusiastic, he took an active interest in Cherubim’s affairs and his support helped the Trust grow considerably under his leadership. I miss him as a friend and a colleague; so it gives me great delight that his memory will live on in fund-raising for a flute – which would’ve thrilled him as a legacy. We extend our deepest sympathy to his widow Joyce and to all his family who will cherish their fond memories of this kind and open-hearted man.

Donations towards a flute in his memory can be made at https://davidgandertonobe.muchloved.com/Fundraising