My introduction into the world of classical music is hazy…I don’t quite remember how it happened. I received a violin as a birthday present and one thing lead to another. Before I knew it, I went from having violin lessons at school to leading the seconds in the Nottingham Youth training orchestra within a year and a half of actually starting violin lessons.
Music has always been a part of my life, there’s always music playing in my home however, I’m the only one who’s ever taken a strong interest in classical music.
I think it’s safe to say that in the vast majority of Afro-Caribbean households, classical music is not a staple. Music – definitely yes, but classical music? It’s not considered part of the Afro-Caribbean culture.
So how did I get into it?
To be honest I can’t remember exactly how but I think I just decided to try something new. I guess I was fed up with listening to Capital FM all the time so I may have tuned in to Classic FM. Or perhaps, in the early stage of learning the violin I wanted to hear what it could sound like in it’s full glory and so I put on a classical CD found in my Mum’s extensive CD collection. All I know is that I took a step out of my comfort zone and I discovered a new world of music that I immediately but unexpectedly identified with.
It’s 2016 – a new year! Try something new, take a wander into the world of music – and that’s myself included. I’m always trying to listen to different music styles, not just my favourites. Whether it’s classical, jazz or punk rock, just try it – you may surprise yourself with what you find.
Happy New Year and happy discovering!