Those of you that regularly check in with what 4G4H has been doing may remember that a few months ago we hosted an online auction. The auction was to raise money towards the cost of our new Christmas CD, which will be released at the end of this year. The top prize was the chance to book a concert from the group in a venue of the bidder's choice, and we were delighted (and extremely grateful!) when harp impressario Geraldine McMahon was our winning bidder!
Geraldine is a harpist and also runs a successful business Affairs of the harp, catering to harpists from all walks of life, whether it be buying or selling a harp, providing harps for theatres and cruise ships, selling beautiful harp merchandise and even information on how to learn the harp and find a teacher!
|Geraldine and her harp|
We thought you would like to know a little bit more about Geraldine and her business so we thought we'd ask her a few questions:
What drew you to the harp?
This is a fun question ! Harp wise- I have one unusual harp – well, really, more unique ! It is a stunning Salvi Electra Harp – about 30 years old but in immaculate condition. It belonged to an old lady who had had it from new and she died and her family wants to sell it. It is simply stunning! The Electra is not made any more and this harp is simply beautiful – even just to sit and look at ! I also have one harp – unplayable- that I keep for theatre productions of “The Price”. It is a play written by Arthur Miller and the stage props include a harp. It has been in theatre productions all over the country and was even used by the Royal Shakespeare Company. My “Affairs of the Harp” was named in the RSC programme ! I am very proud of that ! I think that harp deserves its equity card !
I am currently working on a range of excellent quality tote bags and tee shirts all with harp related themes – “Home is Where the Harp is”, “I left my Harp in San Francisco” and so on ! I found a wonderful artist who has come up with some fabulous artwork which I have commissioned ! The items are unusual, unique and I have to say fabulous! (I am just a little bit biased !) You can find them in my online shop on “Affairs of the Harp” .
Strange requests? I get them all the time ! I have people who want to buy a harp that must have a colour or finish to match their dining room furniture. I had one man who hired a harp off me – he was a mature student beginning harp lessons- and I hired out a particularly beautiful old gold and maple lyon and Healy. He phoned me up two days later to take the harp away – his wife didn’t like it because it didn’t go with the décor of the room. She didn’t like the gold and wanted a plain harp. I had one lady who wanted an ebony gloss harp because her daughter had “exotic colouring- olive skin and dark eyes” – and the harp would set off her looks. I am not making it up !!
|One of Geraldine's T Towel designs|