In the media - Margaret leads Christmas carols

8 December 2010

CON Opera Alumna Margaret Butterworth is preparing to lead for the ninth straight time the choir for the annual Carols in the Park in Epping's Boronia Park on Sunday.

As a lyric soprano, Butterworth started her singing tuition in 1958 at the Conservatorium of Music under Raymond Beattie and was in the first intake of the newly-formed Conservatorium Opera Company.

She was born into a musical family: her father was the recipient of a school musical scholarship (he was also the inventor of the drink Milo).

After she trained in London, Butterworth returned to the NSW Opera Company.

She told the Northern District Times:

"I am privileged to have had the opportunity to be involved with the Carols Choir for nine years. I've always felt very strongly that this carols event is truly representative of the real biblical story of Christmas and love, in that so many people, whose lives don't normally include Jesus, come together to enjoy the singing and the fireworks."

Two of her children, Lis James and Peter Butterworth, along with Eveline Begg, will perform on stage with her and the choir.

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