“Whatever your age, there’s nothing to stop you picking up an instrument and achieving your musical dreams!”

Well said Jinny – over to you…

 “I saw an advertisement in the local paper in March 2012 inviting adults and children to take advantage of The National Learn to Play Day which was being supported by my local Woodwind Shop, Dawkes Music of Maidenhead.

I decided it was an opportunity (not to be missed) to try playing a clarinet, how would it feel? Will I manage to get a note out of it? I went along quite early on the Learn to Play Day; everyone in Dawkes Music was welcoming and the atmosphere was friendly and encouraging.

I had a 20 minute session (with the clarinet set up for me) with one of the staff and I’m still playing the clarinet 5 years later. Having achieved a few notes during the Learn to Play Day session I was completely hooked! With a hired clarinet from Dawkes (not expensive) I started weekly lessons in the April of 2012, joined the Dawkes/MyMusic monthly Sunday play group/band in the autumn and joined Windsor Community Orchestra in January 2013.

I am now working towards my Grade 5, which I plan to take early next year. It’s been great meeting other people who are enthusiastic about playing their favourite instrument, saxophones, oboes, flutes; well good for them but the one for me is definitely the clarinet!”


Find out more about Music for All’s Learn To Play Days in 2018 here: