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It’s never too late to play the piano!

2 years ago

Shirley Pearce

Shirley Pearce aged 82 from Poole in Dorset has just passed her Grade 3 piano exam.

Congratulations to Shirley Pearce aged 82 from Poole in Dorset who has just passed her Grade 3 piano exam! We asked Shirley to tell us a little more about her story and her love of music.

What prompted you to start playing?

At Christmas 2015, walking by a piano shop, I mentioned to my son that my dream would have been to have a piano. My son stepped into the shop, bought a piano, and was given a piano teacher's name.

Had you played the piano before?

Yes, as a child until I was about 10 years old, when my circumstances changed. I was really pleased I could remember so much.

When did you take your first exam?

I took Grade 2 in December 2016 and was awarded a merit. I enjoyed it so much. I had a great day out, the people at the centre were so friendly and kind, the examiner was a lovely lady - oh I did enjoy it so much!

What did you feel like after the exam?

When can I take the next one?

What did you play in your recent Grade 3 Piano exam and did you have a favourite piece?

The Mozart Romanze (A2), Tom Bowling (B1) and Kabelevsky’s Clowns (C1). My favourite was Tom Bowling because it was a tune I knew from the Proms.

Do you have any favourite composers?

No. I love it all.

What is it about playing the piano that you enjoy so much?

I like learning something new. It was a joy to pick it up again but so very different and I wanted to start from scratch. I have loved every moment of learning. It has changed my life in so many ways, giving me confidence.

What advice would you give to others thinking about taking up an instrument?

It's what life is all about isn't it, keep on learning – especially something you really enjoy! It's never too late.

And will you be taking any more exams?

Oh Yes! Of course, definitely. There's so much to learn - I'm going to keep going until I can't for some reason. That's the most fun of all!


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