What did you do when you were 8?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed this, his first symphony in E flat major when he was eight years old in 1764. What must that have been like?  Did he know he had an unusual ability?  In all probability, yes he did.  His father touted him and his sister, Anna Marie around Europe to show them off…

Sometimes I’m easily pleased

Bagpipes. There.  I've said it.  I've put it out there.  I've gone for it. I love the sound of bagpipes.  Just as well, living as we do in Scotland's capital city. I cannot imagine what better sound there could be to accompany an army into battle than the magnificent skirl of a pipe band.  Here…

Music and movement

When I was in what we called the 'infants school' (aged around 6 I think), we used to have a class called 'music and movement'.  Looking back, this may have been a way of using up time on wet days when we could not go outside.  But nevertheless, it was an early introduction to the concept…