The official website of Belfast Music Society

Celebrating Chamber Music since 1921


Founded in 1921, Belfast Music Society is Northern Ireland’s longest-standing promoter of classical chamber music.

We promote world-class concerts in the city, with superb artists and sublime music in the International Festival of Chamber Music and the very best local musicians in the Northern Lights Mini-Fest. Other events take place throughout the year too; check the Events page for full details.


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Poet Michael Longley, one of Belfast’s most cherished and renowned creative artists, has had a lifelong passion for classical music. During his time at the Arts Council, he developed a firm friendship with the then Music Director, Pamela Rogers, who was Chair of Belfast Music Society for many years and a staunch supporter of the society until her death in 2008.

To mark BMS’s centenary this year, Michael has written a beautiful poem in memory of Pamela. Titled ‘Key-Changes’, it is published in his latest collection, The Candlelight Master (Cape, 2020). Late last year, Michael kindly agreed to record a reading of the poem for us, and went on to chat about his love of music and the many memories he has of concerts in Belfast over the years.