Belfast Music Society is run by a voluntary board of management with a part-time Concerts Manager.
We are currently recruiting new Board members. If you would be interested in supporting BMS by becoming a Board member, please contact us here.
President Elizabeth Bicker MBE
Patron Sean Rafferty
Board of Management
Chair John Harmar-Smith
Vice-Chair Anthony Kirby
Honorary Treasurer Clive Eames
Board Member Kathy Gordon
Board Member Steven Irwin
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 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.
Clive says: I retired from a career as a Finance Manager with Whitbread, Shell and QUB and am now aligning my professional skills with my personal interests. I am an amateur musician, who sang in the London and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choirs, and play piano, organ, viola (badly) and African drums (with gusto).
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!