Byron Music Society’s new director makes music for new directions


 The Byron Music Society, which was founded over 20 years ago, has a new President, and a new direction.  Don’t miss their Beyond Baroque dinner and concert on Sunday March 20 at the A&I Hall in Bangalow from 3.00pm.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

 According to Art Piece gallery owner Nadine Abensur, who is creating the Baroque dinner for the concert, the Byron Music Society has set the standard for classical music performance in the region since its foundation by Margo Dodds over 20 years ago.

Byron Music Society is pleased to announce Nicholas Routley as its new President. Nicholas is an acclaimed pianist, conductor and composer who moved to the Northern Rivers region in 2009 after retiring from his post as Associate Professor in Music at the University of Sydney. He was founder director of the Sydney Chamber Choir for thirty years.

Routley will be steering the Society towards a vibrant future – his plans  include broadening the geographical base to include other neighbouring shires, involving the local community at all levels, and, perhaps most enticingly, to increase the occasions on which classical music is matched with wonderful food.

Nicholas Routley

Nicholas Routley, the new President of the Byron Music Society.

Says Abensur, the author The Cranks Bible and a half dozen other cookery books: “These amazing dinners after several of the concerts during the year will only be available to concert patrons. And you won’t get a better dinner in this region!”

Visitors to the website –  byronmusicsociety will see that the number of concerts presented over the course of 2016 has been expanded to eight, and the venues extended to include Lismore. In the concert series they will be  highlighting many of the professional musicians and singers resident in our region, all of whom have performed internationally. Our wonderful performers this year, with one exception, all live in an area between Brisbane and the Northern Rivers.

The single exception is the conductor Richard Gill. Gill has been at the forefront of new classical music in Australia, of youth participation in music, and of choral music for several decades. He comes to the Society at the end of the year to conduct a People’s Messiah, in which any singer or choir form the region will be invited to participate.

Now that’s something to consider!

For more information on the Beyond Baroque Alchemy Vox Caldera dinner and concert feauring the music of Monteverdi, Schutz and Mozart go to: byronmusicsociety



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