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Back in the good ol’ days of Primary and High School, I fondly remember learning to play a musical instrument, the humble violin. I don’t think I was very good at it but I was enthusiastic and managed to get a couple of official grades under my belt. The music was interesting and I did really enjoy it.
I started playing in Primary School as a lot of my friends were playing musical instruments and I remember wanting to try my hand at something. I picked up a violin and really enjoyed it. My Parents even went as far as to buy me my very own violin for Christmas one year and I was so pleased with it.
Over the years, my confidence grew and during High School I played in the local Elementary Strings group which was a group of youngsters who all played a string instrument at their school. I met loads of different people which was brilliant fun as I still know quite a few of them to this day!
Our Elementary Strings group used to play at the Lichfield Civic Hall (today its the Lichfield Garrick Theatre and Studio) and every Christmas we would put on a musical show for family and friends. It was brilliant playing on stage in front of hundreds of people and I would love to have listened back to hear what we actually sounded like.
Although I don’t play the violin anymore, I have very fond memories of playing and would definitely encourage younger children to have a go if they ever got the chance in school.