“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives,
thinks and invents.”
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
The Bythams is a community of villages in southwest Lincolnshire, on the border with Rutland, comprising Castle Bytham, Little Bytham and the surrounding parishes of Careby, Aunby, Holywell, Creeton and Counthorpe. Music forms an important part of the identity of our lives, both in maintaining traditions of the past and developing new forms of music that new generations can call their own.
If music is the “electrical soil” of which Beethoven spoke then Bythams Music provides the water and nutrients to help develop local musical talent within the Bythams community, introduce fresh forms of music and nurture a diverse abundance of music within our local landscape.
Bythams Music is a not-for-profit organisation and any proceeds from the events that we stage support charities with a local connection. Over recent years, these have included the Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance, Bytham Spinney, Friends of Bythams School, the four local parish churches, St John’s Ambulance, the Alan Woods Memorial Fund, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and the Voice of Triumph Orphanage in Zimbabwe. We have also been able to provide financial support for local musical initiatives including a contribution towards new robes for St Wulfram’s Church Choir.
We have some terrific venues such as the Castle Inn and Willoughby Arms, as well as outdoor events such as the Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival and Little Bytham Fete. We are also able to take music into our historic buildings with events such as Celestial Candles and use outdoor venues such as the Spinney woodland play area.
We would like to think that everyone can play a part in making sure that Bythams Music continues to develop within the community. Artists, audiences, volunteers and sponsors all play a vital role and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part in helping to cultivate Bythams Music.