Sheila Joynes's Musical Diary

Endangered Species?

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Maybe not, so long as their are people like this around!

This is 14 year-old Lois, one of my Double Bass pupils – an absolutely delightful young lady. She hopes to have a career in music, possibly as a teacher. She already plays in the County Youth Orchestra and the County Jazz Band as well as supporting everything musical at school.

At the moment she has an instrument hired from the County Music Service but she’s aware that when she leaves school, she will need to have her own instrument and it needs to be one good enough to last her through at least until she is earning a wage – so, for the last year or more, she has been quietly fund-raising to buy her own double bass.

A few weeks ago I asked her how much she had raised so far.

“Nearly £2000.”
“Wow, how on earth have you done that?”
“Making cakes”

That’s a lot of cakes!

Tonight, she put on a Pudding Evening which Stephen and I thoroughly enjoyed. We were treated to SEVEN different desserts, beautifully prepared and presented and served in the dining room of her Grandparents’ house. Little sister helped serving drinks, Mum helped in the kitchen (and provided the ingredients!) and little brother, aged 2, kept us all entertained!

Sticky Toffee Pudding

I take my hat off to this family. Lois has so much enthusiasm and determination and is backed up not only by her entire family, but the whole of her village who keep finding more ideas for her and ways to support her efforts.

Congratulations, Lois!

Mint Chocolate Truffles

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