Music Lessons

At the age of eleven (just) I entered George Green’s Grammar School and had my first music lesson, which was by Miss Hill. She played us the Trumpet Voluntary on a portable gramophone and wrote on the blackboard some notes for us to copy about Purcell who was thought to have composed it. The notes explained (and this was in 1951) that some think that the composer of the piece might have been Jeremiah Clarke. It showed me that in life the right people do not always get credit for the good things that they have done.

Miss Hill’s teaching method was to play a piece of music and then write notes about the composer on the blackboard. We spent one lesson of forty minutes each week doing this, but apart from the first lesson I cannot remember much. By the time I was twelve music had fallen out of the school curriculum, for me at least.

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