Joined my local brass band in Wales at the age of seven - learned on cornet, then play flugal – then back to cornet – left band at age of 17 as found too may other interests! But went back 4 years later having missed it. Always enjoyed playing for pleasure – but had to give up again when I went away to do PhD – 7 years later and after a move to Belfast – brass banding was still in the blood – so the chance to play again in the QUB brass band has been wonderful!
Whilst I took al the normal grades in piano up to grade 6 I have never been particularly competitive with my band music. I was selected in my teens to play for the Powys Youth Band in Wales – and we did go to competitions. I’ve really just always enjoyed playing in a band for pleasure. Of course living in Wales, though – I was always being asked to play the cornet in Church or Chapel and our local band was very much a community band and marching band – playing at community events – but also being hired for weddings, funerals, carnivals etc. – We also had a strong ethos of teaching the new band members.
Other interests and activities
Being a full-time University Lecturer doesn’t leave too much time – but I enjoy going to musical events and plays with friends and swim twice a week to work off all that work-tension. Reading historical novels and walking across wild windy hills are also enjoyed, unfortunately so is good food and wine’!