Click on a story below to read more about these fascinating musical life histories.
Patrick Vaughan's story
"On family occasions (eg at Christmas) playing the piano and singing to the others was a regular part of the fun."
"It was worth it to be able to enjoy all the playing opportunities I now have, now that I am older. And I think it kept me sane."
Miriam Cox's story
"I find that when people are talking, songs or tunes with related lyrics or words just pop into my head."
Martin Fender-Gibson's story
"At secondary school I sang in the senior choir, which was run by an ambitious and talented music teacher."
Mary S. McLuskey's story
"It would be great to have a littel more formal knowledge but to be honest the sound is more important than the ability to read."
"Owner of two local music shops ... very inspiring, directed local recorder consort and was also a private teacher."
"I remember feeling lost for about 2 months, and then figuring out how it all worked, and after that there was no stopping me."
Diana Flynn's story
"Learning to read music and follow a score has had a huge impact on my life."
Eileen Cawthorne's story
"And I pre-empted karaoke by several decades by singing along with Kathleen Ferrier!"
Carolyn Sparey's story
"I have also had success as a composer, both of orchestral music and songs, which are being published."
Jo Miller's story
"Music has played a big part in my intellectual as well as
"I have learnt that it is not too late to start again, so maybe the cello will come out its case finally."
Catherine Preston's story
"Most of my life has been involved in playing and teaching
music and I have never considered doing anything else!"
"The highlights of my musical life history have been many and varied."