how it all started

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Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, I began playing the violin at the age of six first under the guidance of my father, an amateur violinist, and then with local teacher, Vanna Brown, of Bexleyheath, Kent. I later went on to study at the London Royal Academy of Music with Joan Rochford-Davies when I was a junior and then when a full-time student with Frederick Grinke. One year in Paris with René Benedetti completed the fifteen years of studies.

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.