Story & photo Eve Jeffery
It’s not everyone who has a full size harp in their loungeroom, but local musician Margaret Curtis has two.
Margaret moved to Bangalow six years ago and since her arrival has become the resident harpist of the Lismore Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and more recently the logistics director of the Bangalow Music Festival.
The harp is not for everyone – the cost and the sheer size of the instrument is enough to deter many folk, but Margaret has a visible passion for the stringed giant.
‘The harp is such a beautiful instrument to look at and I fell in love when I heard a harpist play when I was in my early teens’, she says. ‘It was always a dream of mine to learn it.’
Margaret’s next performance will be at the LSO’s June Concerts at the Star Court Theatre, conducted by Ian Bowles. The concert will present a program of well-known classical works by Beethoven, Elgar, Dvorak, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Verdi and Zimmer.
Life in Bangalow is just perfect for Margaret who still has ample opportunity to satiate her musical desires.
‘I wouldn’t move back to Sydney, I love it here!’
The June concerts of the Lismore Symphony Orchestra will be held on June 15 and 16 and tickets are available at www.starcourttheatre.com.au.
The Bangalow Music Festival will run from August 16 to 18.