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 is celebrating its fourteenth anniversary next year and St Jude's Church organist, Allan, has been involved from the very beginning.
"In 1977 I went to the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in the UK - it is the oldest classical music festival in the world celebrating 300 years this year - and attended a few other festivals while I was there and they all seemed to be attached to a church somehow," he said. "So when it was suggested that we have a chamber music festival at St Jude's, I was all for it and the rector agreed. "We held four concerts over the weekend in that first year. Two years in, Yvette Goodchild became musical director and in 2015 Myee Clohessy took over the artistic reigns and we now host a weekend of nine marvellous concerts."
Before BAMF Concerts 3, 7 and 9 Allan Beavis will perform Bach Preludes and Toccatas showcasing the magnificent organ in St Jude's.
Photo by Peter Hislop, Canberra