Amidst the sadness, Belfast Music Society is grateful for the unrelenting and devoted service that Queen Elizabeth II gave to so many and over such a long period of time. We offer our condolences to every member of the Royal Family and wish the new Monarch, King Charles III, every possible success and fulfilment in his new role.
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.
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.