Springwood Music Club prepares for last concert

Farewell for now: Springwood Music Club's Pamela Millard, Klaus Weissflog, Alan Orme, Robyn Newton, Bert Foster, and Alison Orme (front).
Farewell for now: Springwood Music Club's Pamela Millard, Klaus Weissflog, Alan Orme, Robyn Newton, Bert Foster, and Alison Orme (front).

On Sunday, the beautiful sounds of the Celtic harp will mark the end of almost 60 years of concerts at Springwood Music Club.

Club members at 50-year celebrations.

Club members at 50-year celebrations.

Julius Timmerman and Martyn Cook present the last performance at the club which is folding due to a lack of members and illness.

The club has hosted lightly-classical concerts over the years, providing an avenue for young musicians such as pianist Simon Tedeschi, to get their start, as well as hosting well-known musicians such as Georg Mertens and the Paganini Duo.

The club started out hosting soirees, at a time when Blue Mountains residents had to travel to Sydney for concerts.

“When it began in 1958 there weren’t that many trains up and down the Mountains to get to concerts in Sydney,” said 30-year club member Alison Orme.

“We’ve enjoyed ourselves but it’s time to let go sadly.”

At its peak the club had 50 members, but that’s dwindled to 11, seven of which make up the committee.

“We’re sad it’s closing but it’s been very stressful getting people to commit to come on committees these days,” said club president Pamela Millard.

The Warrimoo Chorale has also been a major supporter of the club over the years, taking part in several concerts.

The final concert featuring the Celtic harp will begin at 2pm on Sunday at the Frazer Memorial Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Rd, Springwood. Everyone is welcome. Tickets at the door - $20, seniors $15, supervised children free.