Firstly, let me congratulate all you young musicians on you wonderful talent and ambition to play an instrument. Music always brings joy to everyone hearts, and its a wonderful gift to have for the future.
I began to show an interest in playing the piano from the age of 3. I came from quite a musical background, my mother was a member of the church choir and regularly sang at the Royal Albert hall and aunties and uncles were also singers or musicians in jazz/ gospel bands, so I guess you can say music ran through my veins. My grandmother had a piano and I remember every Sunday after church I would sneak into the lounge to play it.
I began having lessons at an evening school but very quickly it was noticed by the tutors and was quite apparent that I had a natural gift. My mother was told to invest her time and money into finding a classical pianist tutor.
From an advertisement in the local library, the wonderful Mrs Chu, a philharmonic pianist was found and offered to tutor me at a discounted rate. She was absolutely awesome and taught me everything I know. I remained under her tuition for 15 years.
On my 13th birthday I received my very own piano, specially made and engraved with my name on it ( I still have today!!) I remember it as though it was yesterday, practicing scales, broken chords and arpeggios and exam pieces to take grade exams, for 2 hours every day. Now that’s dedication!
My fondest memory was playing the grand pipe organ for a church easter conference at the Royal Albert hall, and then to return over 10 years later as a choir teacher and part of the mass choir of children and staff performing in one of Peter Churchill’s projects. Just jaw dropping!
From the words of a famous song “music was my first love and it will be last, music of the future and music of the past”.