Music has played a large part in my life from an early age. Both close and wider family are musical. When I came to Banff in 1962 I was given the option of continuing piano lessons or starting lessons in Voice. I chose the latter and was tutored by the late Harold George and had success in both the Aberdeen and Banffshire Music Festivals. I have also sung in various choirs over the years.
I love the mellow tones of the saxophone, in the middle register. I must have harped on about this so much that my son presented me with an alto saxophone on my 65th birthday, neither of us knowing whether I would be capable of producing a note from it!
I first heard of ASO from Foss Foster, a very enthusiastic member of the orchestra. From the information she gave me, after some deliberation, I decided to give it a try. I wanted a challenge to ascertain how I would cope playing in an orchestra. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. There is a diverse range of skills, experience and age groups. For example; I am self taught but the person next to me is a brilliant saxophonist. There are also some extremely talented school pupils in the orchestra.
I was made to feel very welcome on joining the orchestra. I have learned so much both musically and technically. The MD Richard Ingham is very encouraging and has a great sense of humour, which makes the practices all the more enjoyable.
It’s true what they say, “It’s never too late to learn!”