President leaves music for God
The call of God has seen South Waikato Music Society president Paul Bowers-mason bid farewell.
Bowers-mason, who has been the president of the society since 2005, officially stood down on Sunday to focus on his new role as a part time Anglican minister at New Plymouth’s Brooklands Church.
He said his time with the society, where he helped organise 60 odd concerts, was enjoyable and he feels he’s leaving it in a good place.
‘‘People, especially retirees, in Matamata and even Cambridge have said how much nicer it is to come to a concert in Putaruru than in Hamilton or Tauranga,’’ he said.
‘‘City people are astonished by the size of The Plaza and how good its facilities are.
‘‘We have had more or less the same committee all the time I have been president. They are still there, and they know what works well,’’ he said.
Bowers- Mason, who’s also a relief teacher which he’ll continue to do in New Plymouth, said his involvement with the society began due to his wife Wynne’s family’s involvement which began in 1975.
‘‘I first went to a concert in 1989 when Wynne and I moved to Putaruru,’’ he said.
‘‘What got me involved in 2005 was a Beethoven piano sonata concert which I took all my children along to because it was free admission for them, and by then they were all old enough to sit through a whole concert. That was when I was asked to be president of the society.’’
‘‘It was crazy thing to take on because Wynne and I were in the middle of bringing up children, and teaching was really demanding.
‘‘Wynne loves music too and she knew it was special for me. She agreed that I should take on the role, and, with her own strong background in the society, has been supporting me and the committee ever since.’’
Although excited about his new role, he said he’ll miss the society.
‘‘What has given me the greatest pleasure in the last twelve years has been the warm friendship of people for each other at the concerts,’’ he said.
South Waikato Music Society president Paul Bowers-mason has stepped aside.