Pres­i­dent leaves mu­sic for God

South Waikato News - - Property - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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South Waikato Mu­sic So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Paul Bow­ers-ma­son has stepped aside.

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