Dear Music Lovers,
Music By The Sea (MBTS) is closing its doors at the end of 2023. It’s been an amazing experience for me personally but after 26 years, I feel it’s time to retire. I started the journey establishing MBTS in 1997, presenting concerts at the Sandgate Town Hall, which led to the ‘Monthly Concert Series’ and 16 years of the ‘Music By The Sea Festival,’ (three days and nights of music from 2002 to 2018).
Our motto: Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community has always been central to MBTS’s identity and purpose when we program and present genres of Classical, Folk, Jazz and World music. We have hosted an incredible line-up of local, national and international artists playing a diverse array of music.
We never went for razzmatazz or visuals. It really has been all about the music - the town hall is an intimate venue with fantastic acoustics (I think the hall is a perfect build for a string quartet). I have enjoyed the journey, learnt a lot about music and met some amazing artists, whom I must thank for their knowledge, dedication to their Art, and their continued support for MBTS.
I thank you all, you, the loyal audience; some coming to our concerts since last century! You filled the hall with your applause and appreciation for music that moved and inspired you. I recognize and admire that some of you have been with us for many years.
I also thank our sponsors: Brisbane City Council, Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Khun Corp Print & Packaging, Toothkind, Jared Cassidy (Deagon Ward Councilor), Victoria Newton (prev. Deagon Ward Councilor), Sandgate Guide and SANDBAG (Sandgate & Bracken Ridge Action Group), for the support you have given us over the decades. It has been invaluable.
Finally, I thank all those individuals (too many to mention), who worked or volunteered for MBTS over the years. Of the current team, I will mention my darling partner Loretta Henry (who was always there for me and has done so much for MBTS), Ian Stevenson (our sound engineer), Bernard Parish (our MC and photographer), Donna Phillips (our publicist) and Elizabeth Yarham (our front of house lady). Thank you all.
We all need music.
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Music By The Sea acknowledges the Turrubul and Yuggera people, the traditional owners of the land on which we work. We extend our respect to elders past, present and emerging and to all Indigenous Australians including Torres Strait Islanders.