Which musical instrument did you play at school? Were you in the choir?
I loved music lessons when I was a lad even though I was and still am completely tone deaf, I also couldn’t tell a trombone from a tuba. Like most youngsters I was the proud owner of recorder, not a horrible brown school recorder but my very own cream recorder, I used to play it for anyone who was unfortunate enough to know me.
I’d rattle off the classics like Twinkle Twinkle and Three Blind Mice night and day, I guess much like any other child, I mean after all the sequence of notes was so simple, wasn’t it? Well, erm, not for me! I was the boy in the school who either pretended to being playing when he was in a group or if asked to perform would simply blow into the recorder trying to emulate the right sounds at the right time without worrying about the hole things that create each note.
I also seem to remember that my music teacher once decided that despite singing like a screeching cat I should be giving the chance to sing with the school choir on stage at the theatre.
What a proud moment, I remember Mum and Dad telling all their friends, family and anyone who’d listen that they were coming to watch me.
I recall being placed on the back row, hidden in the middle just far enough away from any unlucky microphone which may of heard my angelic voice. Even with all these precautions in place my only part in the whole evening was singing the chorus to Guantanamera, “Guajira Guantanamera”.
That song haunts me to this day, I wanted to be up front singing ‘When a knight won his Spurs’ but I knew and my parents knew that was never going to happen. It was, however, my first-ever appearance on stage in front of an audience; now thanks to my job there have been hundreds since but none related to schools singing or playing an instrument you’ll be pleased to hear.
With this in mind you’ll understand why I feel I’m a slightly strange choice to host what will be a truly tremendous evening of just that at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange tonight. I’m proud to be hosting an introducing some real talent from schools all over West Norfolk at Schools Make Music.
Now in its 18th year its for students of any age and ability to perform at an amazing venue in front of hundreds of their peers whilst showing off their talents.
A lot of work has gone into this not only from the pupils themselves but also their teachers and the staff at Corn Exchange. The Rotary Clubs of Lynn also deserve a mention as for without them this simply would not happen. To Trinity, Lynn and Priory Rotary, thank you on behalf of the schools and students.