Story & photo Eve Jeffery
The Bangalow Hotel was ringing with classical music yesterday for the launch of the 2013 Bangalow Music Festival.
The Bangalow Chamber of Commerce and Southern Cross Soloists hosted the event, which has set the scene for the festival that will be held in August. The chamber’s Peter Mortimore, festival patron Mr Don Page MP, festival creative director Tania Frazer and Bangalow musician and logistics director Margaret Curtis welcomed guests to the launch and officially set the wheels in motion for this year’s event.
The Bangalow Music Festival has annually presented the highest level international classical chamber music to Bangalow since its inaugural 2002 festival and has become a major highlight of the Bangalow year.
‘The role of the community, both businesses and residents, is a key factor in the success of the Bangalow Classical Music Festival,’ said Margaret. ‘One way in which businesses and residents can show their support is through attendance, particularly at the ‘Festival Prelude’ concert (previously known as the Locals Night). This concert, held on Thursday night before the full festival, showcases the calibre of both Australian and international musicians who will be appearing throughout the festival. As well it also proudly showcases some of the excellent quality of local classical musicians from the northern rivers, including Hot North Wind, who performed here today.’
As part of the launch guests were treated to a short performance by members of Southern Cross Soloists and local ensemble Hot North Wind.
The festival will run from August 16 to 18. For more information, visit: http://www.southernxsoloists.com/cms/bangalow.html.