Story & photo Eve Jeffery
The Byron Music Society is about say goodbye to its last founding member as Margot Dods resigns from the post.
As the society comes of age, Margot feels that it is high time she stepped down from the committee. ‘Twenty years is enough’, says Margot. ‘It’s at the point now that there is a good committee and I am happy to leave.’
Margot, who is herself an extremely accomplished pianist, says the highlight of of the 21 years would definitely be the aquisition of the Steinway Concert Grand, which is housed at the Byron Community Centre.
Margot was instrumental in creating the vision and bringing to life the idea of having a piano that was worthy of the calibre of musician she was hoping to attract to the area.
‘The problem with programming here was that there was no piano. We couldn’t ask first- class artists to come and play on the one in the school hall.’
Margot says that she and Cassandra Parkinson, who was the first manager of the Byron Community Centre, started a fundraiser which eventually collected the $90,000 needed for the Steinway.
Margot has, for the final time, organised a beautiful farewell musical program for 2012 before she retires from the committee. ‘I am really excited about my last program of concerts’, she says.
‘We have Australia’s top piano trio, Kathy Selby and Friends, and our premier string ensemble the Goldner Quartet.
‘We will also have two Steinway performances: one with Nicholas Young, who is the winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards 2011, and the yet-to-be-named winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition.’
Though she will have no official role in the society, Margot will still be helping out in an advisory capacity. ‘I am pleased that this committee is dedicated to maintiaining the high standards we have achieved over the last 20 years’.
For more information about the Byron Music Society and the 2012 program, visit www.byronmusicsociety.com.