I’d like to say a few words about my Mum in celebration of her life, a life filled with music, family and friends.

Mum was an outstanding pianist and piano teacher. Gordon Green, a former Professor of piano at the Royal Manchester College of Music wrote approvingly not just about her capabilities, but also her character and personality. The conductor of an orchestra for which she played solos, Donald Price, wrote that she was ‘a most gifted and confident musician’.

Mum’s more prestigious qualification was as a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. She was also an Associate of the London College of Music.

Throughout her teaching career Mum had literally hundreds of students, teaching them with patience and dedication. When one little boy announced that he would rather be watching ‘The Banana Splits’ on television rather than have his music lesson Mum calmly replied that he could watch it next week. Not all of Mum’s students went on to great things but most of them gained a love of music which will be passed on in turn to future generations. Besides her students, my sister Jacqueline and her children Gemma and Alastair are excellent musicians in their own right. In my case the musical talent appears to have skipped a generation, but my 4 year old son Sam enjoys listening to classic fm.

Mum met Dad through music and they performed piano duets together. A few days ago Dad told me about their first date at the cinema in which my father opened all the doors for her, including the one to the usherette’s changing room. Fortunately Mum was able to see the funny side, which brings me to her great sense of humour.

If Mum could be asked about today’s proceedings I suspect she’d quip that it was a bit grim. I found some quotes that I think she would have liked, such as Woody Allen’s comment: “There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?” There’s also Winston Churchill’s “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

Mum loved to entertain people and tell them stories, maintaining her jovial demeanour throughout her life and despite her long standing health issues. I think this is what many of us will miss most about her, Mum was great company.

At times like this I think we all reflect on our lives and what they mean, in Mum’s case she brought a great light into the world. I’d like to finish with a quote from the Roman philosopher Lucius Seneca: “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.”


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