Dr Allan Beavis OAM Organist and Chairman of BAMF
Before retiring in 2001, Dr Allan Beavis OAM, had been Headmaster of St Andrews Cathedral Choir School in Sydney, and Master of New College at the University of NSW. He is currently the Public Officer of St Jude’s Music Association Inc, Principal Organist at St Jude’s and the director of the classical music program.
The Bowral Autumn Music Festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year and St Jude's Church organist, Allan Beavis, has been involved since the very beginning.
"In 1977 I went to the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in the UK which is the oldest classical music festival in the world celebrating 300 years this year I attended a few other festivals while I was there and they all seemed to be attached to a church somehow," said Allan. "So when it was suggested in 2007 by renowned clarinettist Murray Khouri, we should have a chamber music festival at St Jude's, the (then) rector and I agreed and the Bowral Autumn Music Festival was launched. Murray Khouri was our first Artistic Director curating four concerts over the weekend in that first year. In 2009 Yvette Goodchild became our Musical Director and the festival grew to six concerts. In 2015 Myee Clohessy took over the artistic reigns and the Bowral Autumn Music Festival has flourished to nine splendid concerts over three days.
This year the magnificent organ in St Jude's Church will be played by David Chynoweth (Italy), Hamish Wagstaff (Sydney) and Allan Beavis (Bowral). Allan will perform a selection of Bach Preludes and Toccatas starting 15 minutes before Concerts #3, #7 and #9.
We highly recommend you arrive early and relax in your seats to the glorious organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Image © Peter Hislop, Canberra