Who’s Who

The BMS Board needs YOU…! 

…to fill several vacancies on our Board of Management… 

Since 1921, Belfast Music Society has promoted world-class chamber music concerts in Northern Ireland’s capital city. The roll call of artists includes pianists Vladimir Ashkenazy and Wilhelm Kempff, the legendary contralto Kathleen Ferrier and more recently, the superstar violinist of her era, Nicola Benedetti. Concerts from our annual International Festival of Chamber Music are regularly broadcast by our partner, BBC Radio 3.

BMS’s annual Northern Lights Mini-Fest also gives young, outstanding Northern Ireland artists regular recital opportunities. Our very successful Chamber Babies concert series provides an introduction to music from a very early age, while providing a quality, tailor-made musical experience for parents and carers as well! And our innovative Night Music series with partners Moving On Music provides a platform for the very best composers from the island of Ireland.

You would be joining us at a time when exciting plans are being made for our centenary in 2021, which we hope will be the springboard for even more chamber music provision in the years to come.

This is your opportunity to shape the future of this wonderful society! Currently, the specialist roles of Treasurer and Secretary are available; we also welcome applications from any BMS supporter or Friend interested in chamber music who would like to play a part on the Board, especially those with skills and knowledge in the areas of PR/Marketing and/or familiarity with Social Media.



For an Application Pack, please contact the BMS Chair, John Harmar-Smith (m: 07932 636932)

By email: harmarsmith@yahoo.com
Or by post: 48 Dunclug Gardens, Ballymena BT43 6NN.


Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 29 November 2019.



Last updated: 6 November 2019


Belfast Music Society is run by a voluntary board of directors with a part-time professional Concerts Manager.

President  Elizabeth Bicker MBE

Patron  Sean Rafferty

Board of Management

Chair John Harmar-Smith
Vice-Chair Anthony Kirby
Secretary vacant
Honorary Treasurer vacant
PR Officer vacant
Board Member Kathy Gordon

John Harmar-Smith
John has happy memories of well-attended boarding school chamber music concerts! After four years’ study at the Royal Academy of Music, he worked for another four years at Abbey Road Studios, editing EMI’s classical music output. Subsequent freelance work included production and directing for BBC TV’s Religious Department and the Arts output of British Satellite Broadcasting, unique in its short life for producing 22 hours of Weekend Arts broadcasting. Now he enjoys choral conducting opportunities, including the Antrim Choral Society and sharing the ‘conductor rota’ of the Belfast Bach Ensemble.

Anthony Kirby
Anthony says: I have a lifelong interest in all aspects of music. I have developed a particular liking for the works of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughn Williams. More recent music explorations have included John Adams, Arvo Pärt and Einojuhani Rautavaara.
I have an overall interest in all aspects of the Performing Arts and Visual Arts. My professional life overlaps with my personal interests: I work in Historic Monuments and Buildings so have a great interest in architecture and archaeology.

Kathy Gordon
Kathy joined Belfast Music Society through the NI Arts and Business Board Bank scheme, and is hoping to make a meaningful contribution to the charity’s future and also the cultural life of the community.  Kathy is a solicitor with a keen interest in the arts, particularly singing and dance, and is enjoying this chance to broaden her governance experience while also exploring her lesser known artistic side!