Part 1 A New Year Resolution
It all started with a birthday present. I’d been talking for years about learning to play a musical instrument, having been a singer since I was at school. What I really wanted to do was play a proper musical instrument in an orchestra. With other people playing other proper musical instruments. And then, on my 52nd birthday, I was given a trumpet tied up with a red ribbon.
That was two years ago and, since then, I’ve often admired my trumpet, occasionally polished it and even once or twice tried playing it. Then, in January 2012, I made a New Year Resolution. I was going to find a trumpet teacher and learn to play the thing. I came across Finlay who seemed very positive about teaching me. Clearly, a man up for a challenge.
At my first lesson in February, the word ‘potential’ was used. I was thrilled. Of course, it was me that used the word and not Finlay but never mind. At my second lesson in March, I managed the first five notes of a C major scale. Great excitement. Then Finlay suggested, at my third lesson, that I should play a piece in a group concert planned for the end of April.
Depression is setting in. I work full time as an educational adviser. I speak at national conferences in front of hundreds of people. But playing the right notes on a trumpet? In the right order? In public?
That New Year resolution is beginning to seem like a moment of madness…
Sheena Greco will be giving a wonderful trumpet debut with the support of her teacher and Most Entertaining Tuition Director Finlay Hetherington on Sunday 29th April at 3pm in Life Care, Cheyne Street, Stockbridge.