I was born to a professional pianist and grew up under a grand piano. In 1950, as a winning choir member, I got to shake hands with Vaughan Williams. I remember a large expanse of dark brown waistcoat, and a feeling of awe.
At secondary my sister and I were the first wind players in the orchestra, playing mostly minuets. It was a real eye opener to play the Tragic Overture and the Eroica under Norman del Mar at summer school when I was 15.
I sang in the Bach Choir at uni. Then came marriage and three children. We joined the Ruston Engineering Works Band in Lincoln , and I took up bassoon as we had two flutes and no bassoon for the quintet. There was a short brass interlude in Penicuik, when I joined the Silver Band on flugelhorn.
In Edinburgh I joined an evening class orchestra, bought a decent bassoon and started another wind quintet. I moved to St Albans and played bassoon in the Symphony Orchestra for eighteen years, and piano and bassoon for the Operatic.
In the 90s I got six grandchildren and a bad back, so took up the violin. After a hip replacement I joined SARO at the beginning, and had a happy time with Janet A at the back of the seconds, then moved to the firsts. Later Judy, Freda, Judith and I formed the Folly Quartet, Four Old Laughing Ladies. I also play for the U3A choir and take them at times if the leader’s off.
It’s all been very enjoyable, piano, flute, bassoon, flugelhorn, violin, duets, quartets, quintets, choir and orchestra, I’m very lucky.