how it all started

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Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, I began playing the violin at the age of six under the guidance of my father, an amateur violinist, and later went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London. One year in Paris completed the fifteen years of studies with altogether four teachers, Vanna Brown (1905-2003), Joan Rochford-Davies, Frederick Grinke (1911-1987) and René Benedetti (1901-1975).

Photo above, taken by her nephew Bernard, shows Vanna Brown in 1952. Vanna was actively playing piano and violin well into her '90s and died at the ripe old age of 98 in August 2003.