Bourby Webster has always loved music. She also has a head for business. So it was no surprise she decided to combine her two passions after completing her Master of Business Administration at The University of Western Australia's Business School.
The result was North Street Group, founded by Ms Webster in 2008. The group supports upcoming and established musicians through North Street Music, as well as helping corporate clients to create marketing and business development strategies through North Street Consulting.
"Ensuring the widest possible public gets enjoyment in life through music is a major passion of mine," Ms Webster said.
"I run courses in business skills for musicians, and consult to artists on their career development and self-promotion. I also promote concerts and manage events, from major festivals to intimate shows."
Ms Webster has an impressive list of achievements, having worked in senior marketing and business development roles in diverse industries from elite sport to global professional services firms.
She has also performed with several London orchestras, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, WA Symphony Orchestra, and with her crossover group, Bojème. She was a founding member of the British-based electric string quartet, "bond", and has competed in rowing competitions at an international level and coxed a WA Kings Cup crew. She is now focussing on the Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO).
"The PSO's aim is to engage, entertain, excite and collaborate to appeal to the widest possible audience and develop new followers of symphony music," she said.
Since the PSO's inaugural performance at The University Club of Western Australia's Symphony by the Bay, it performed at the 2011 World Sailing Championships Worlds Festival; the 2012 Leeuwin Estate Concert and, most recently, to an 8000-strong crowd at the City of Joondalup's 2013 Valentine's Concert.
This month, the PSO will play at Symphony by the Lake, hosted by Scotch College at Lake Claremont. With more than 160 performers, the concert features the combined Scotch College / Presbyterian Ladies' College choir, Scotch College Pipe Band and various soloists.
The program will include traditional symphonic works along with heavy metal ballads and music from films such as The Lion King and Love Actually.
Symphony by the Lake is on Saturday, 9 March at Scotch College Playing Fields. Gates open at 5pm. Tickets available online from Perth Symphony Orchestra.
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