What a gem! It’s the (late) summer of 2016 and I was eating lunch outside with a choice of the riverside, or a shady bench in the town centre. I chose the latter and found myself parked up next to David Hamer who happened to be setting up his french horn for a bit of busking. Here’s a snippet of my lunchtime musical accompaniment:
Nothing unusual about that, until you realise that David is 13, plays in the National Children’s Orchestras and, as it turns out has some pretty wise words for anyone . I checked with mum, Fiona, before having a quick chat with him about his approach to busking, being nervous and just getting on with things.
I was totally inspired by this chance meeting and agree wholeheartedly with those words of advice: it doesn’t matter if people judge you, you’ll probably never see them again. Inspired enough for me to busk? Well, I could never do that…
I’ve played the flute since I was at school but it was only a couple of years ago that I discovered there was more to flute playing than the “normal” flute that most people are familiar with. With a glorious mellow tone, there is the alto flute (bigger than a regular C flute) and a bass flute (even bigger than the alto flute).
Within my flute group I volunteered to play the bass flute for a piece. How hard can it be for someone who is an experienced flautist? Harder than it looks is the answer! After a couple of attempts, I consigned my bass flute playing to a nice cupboard that I didn’t have to think about it and other people can do it.
However, it bugged me. I wanted to do it, but for about a year I haven’t gone near it. Something I thought I could never do.
On a flute retreat in beautiful Cornwall, I had an opportunity to sort this thing out once and for all. In the penultimate session: ensemble playing here was my chance.
I’m hoping that this explains even if you think that someone is confident in what they’re doing, they may not feel the same.
Take a look at my video (password: doinglife) to see how I got on, and for some tips on doing something you thought you could never do.